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McDonald's Appeal Rejected in Russian Illegal Worker Case

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A Moscow court has upheld the Russian migration authorities’ decision to fine fast-food giant McDonald's for employing an illegal immigrant without a work permit, the court said Wednesday.

MOSCOW, October 23 (RAPSI) – A Moscow court has upheld the Russian migration authorities’ decision to fine fast-food giant McDonald's for employing an illegal immigrant without a work permit, the court said Wednesday.

The Moscow District Federal Commercial Court dismissed a cassation appeal filed by the company in September.

The Federal Migration Service's Moscow Department inspected the fast food chain on January 22 to check its compliance with migration law.

The inspectors established that the chain had hired a woman from Kyrgyzstan who did not have a work permit, and imposed a fine on the company. According to the law on the legal status of foreign nationals in Russia, employers are only allowed to hire foreigners who have work permits.

The court rejected the company's arguments that it was not culpable as the woman showed documents in another person’s name when she applied for the job.

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