Lawsuit accuses Indiana plant of hiring undocumented workers

DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana pork processing plant is accused in a federal lawsuit of hiring hundreds of undocumented workers in an effort to keep wages low for all employees.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday against two employees of the Indiana Packers Corp. claims the company’s human resources staff doesn’t check previous employment when hiring applicants for low-paying production jobs despite evidence they’re using fake Social Security numbers and identification cards.

An attorney representing the former employee who filed the lawsuit claims the alleged scheme resulted in depression of wages of all hourly production employees. He says it also violates statutes that qualify under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Indiana Packers, located in Delphi, is the largest employer in rural Carroll County.

The company declined to comment Wednesday to The Associated Press.

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