Trump's Labor Pick Says He Broke Labor Laws

Admits unknowingly hiring undocumented worker
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2017 9:34 AM CST

(Newser) – President Trump's nominee for labor secretary says a housekeeper he previously employed at his home was an undocumented worker, potentially complicating his efforts to get confirmed, reports the AP. Andrew Puzder said in a statement Tuesday that he and his wife employed a housekeeper for a few years and they were unaware she was not legally permitted to work in the US. "When I learned of her status, we immediately ended her employment and offered her assistance in getting legal status," says Puzder, a fast food chain executive. "We have fully paid back taxes to the IRS and the State of California."

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Democrats and their allies have already been rushing to exploit Puzder's record opposing a big increase in the minimum wage, overtime rules and more as they question how well he would advocate for American workers. Puzder outsourced his fast-food company's technology department to the Philippines, a move that contradicts Trump's vow to stick up for American workers and keep American jobs in the US. A filing with the Labor Department on Puzder's company—and a spokesman's acknowledgement that CKE continues to use the IT operation in the Philippines—provides a window into a key contradiction raised by the nomination. (Read more Andy Puzder stories.)

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