US: 7-Eleven promises action amid claims of immigrant exploitation
7-Eleven to undertake "aggressive" audit of franchisee employment policies
7-Eleven has insisted it will start an "aggressive" investigation into the hiring policies of its franchisees after store owners and managers were charged over allegations they exploited immigrant staff.
According to US federal authorities, owners of 7-Eleven franchises in New York and Virginia established a "modern day plantation system", providing undocumented immigrant workers with stolen identities and forcing them to work 100 hours a week for a fraction of their wages.
Ten stores in New York and four in Virginia were raided yesterday (17 June) as part of the federal investigation. Nine people, including store owners and managers, were charged with conspiring to commit wire fraud, identity theft and harbouring illegal immigrants.
Responding to the accusations, a spokesperson for 7-Eleven emphasised the company has "co-operated" with the government investigation of "independent 7-Eleven franchisees".
"All of our franchise owners must operate their stores in accordance with laws and the 7-Eleven franchise agreement," the spokesperson insisted. "7-Eleven will take aggressive actions to audit the employment status of all its franchisees' employees."
The spokesperson added 7-Eleven is "taking steps to assume corporate operation" of the stores involved in order to minimise disruption to customers.
"We continue to cooperate with federal authorities in this matter," the spokesperson emphasised.
7-Eleven Malaysia looks to become the best convenience retailer by constantly opening up new stores in neighbourhood locations close to prospective customers. In the near future, the retailer aims to ...
As the number of Malaysians who lead hectic lifestyles with high time constraints continued to rise, more Malaysians tended to shop for groceries in modern grocery retailers such as supermarkets and h...
Grocery retailers grew by 3% in current value terms over 2012, to generate revenues of A$111.6 billion. Growth in 2012 was similar to the review period performance which saw a CAGR of 5% in current va...
Grocery retailers in the US are adapting to a changing consumer environment by adopting new concepts and creative in-store innovations. Several upscale supermarket retailers, for instance, have expand...
- M&A Watch: Why Danone/Lifeway deal could be next
- Focus: The impact of Heinz's stevia ketchup
- Focus: Gen Mills turns to M&A to bolster US ops
- Shopper trends: Some confidence but promos popular
- Viewpoint: US health food in play - at a price
- Burton's "eyeing" United Biscuits merger
- Premier Foods revamp creates three divisions
- General Mills Q1 profits tumble
- Unilever to boost presence in Nigeria
- WhiteWave to buy dairy-free firm So Delicious