UNLAWFUL SEARCH AND DISCRIMINATORY BEHAVIOUR £20,000 CIVIL PENALTY CANCELLED – September 2019

A Somerset based Indian restaurant was subjected to an Immigration Enforcement raid in May 2019.

Following the enforcement raid the business was served with a potential £20,000 penalty.

The business owner instructed Immigration Compliance Consultancy to investigate the case and support the business through the civil penalty process.

An in-depth investigation identified that officers had acted outside of their statutory powers and presented discriminatory behaviour contrary to the Civil Service Code and the Equality Act 2010. A report outlining the investigative findings was submitted to the Home Office.

The illegal working civil penalty was subsequently cancelled. This has resulted in the business having no penalty to pay and no future action being taken in relation to the case.