A local restaurant group has been slapped with stiff fines after illegally employing a foreign worker.
Marble Restaurants Ltd. pleaded guilty June 28 to employing a foreign national without authorization and failing to follow the terms of a labour market impact assessment.
The group, which has a website listing a number of Pizza Huts across the city under its ownership, was sentenced to pay $14,000 in fines and an additional $3,500 in restitution to the victim under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
Between February 2014 and April 2015, Shamez Jivraj, director of the group, employed a woman as a housekeeper and part-time caregiver in his home, despite having received authorization to only employ her as a food counter attendant at the restaurant, Canada Border Services Agency said Tuesday in news release.
“Employers who attempt to circumvent Canadian immigration laws and take advantage of vulnerable temporary foreign workers will be prosecuted to the full extent,” Kim Scoville, regional director general of the Canada Border Services Agency’s Prairie region, said in a written statement. “This sentencing is evidence of that.”
Jivraj did not adhere to hours or the occupational role set out by the labour assessment and continued to pay the woman as an employee of Marble Restaurants, the news release added.
This marks the third case this year of sentencing under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in Edmonton.