7-Eleven owners exploited illegal workers

The convenience stores’ owners forced illegal workers to live in squalor, stole wages

7-Eleven is in the middle of a public relations nightmare, thanks to several of its stores’ owners and managers in New York and Virginia.

Yesterday, federal authorities accused the convenience store owners of taking advantage of dozens of illegal immigrant workers—forcing them to live in substandard housing and stealing their wages. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is in the process of revoking the franchises of 14 7-Elevens in New York and Virginia and seizing five N.Y. homes, where the employees are reported to have lived in squalor. The case is the largest of its kind in the history of the DHS, which indicted eight men and one woman in the case.


Cathleen Flahardy

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