Lawsuit Filed by Former Swift Meatpacking Company Employees

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(KSL News) Former employees have filed a lawsuit against the Swift Meatpacking Company, claiming it knowingly hired illegal immigrants in order to cut costs.

Several Swift plants, including one in Hyrum, were raided last week by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Agents took more than 13-hundred people into custody, including 145 here in Utah.

At the time, Swift released a statement saying the company never knowingly hired illegal workers. However, a new lawsuit filed in Texas claims the company knowingly hired the workers to bring wages down from 20 to 13 dollars an hour.

The suit alleges the move amounts to racketeering.

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