A report out of NRN this morning recaps the troubled times facing multiple Pei Wei Asian Diner units in Arizona area that were raided over an ID-theft investigation over two weeks ago. The raid resulted in the arrest of 26 workers over multiple restaurants involving locations in Phoenix, Fountain Hills and Tempe.
The action was taken in accordance with Arizona's Legal Arizona Workers Act that was put into effect back in 2008, requiring employers to check worker documents through a federal E-verify program. Statements from Pei Wei representatives mention that although the E-verify program helps their screening proces, it is not entirely fool-proof or fraud-proof. The restaurants affected are still closed and working to hire and train replacement staff in order get those units opened as soon as possible.