Former Fresh Mark employee filed lawsuit in 2001, claims company knew

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A former Human Relations Administrator for Fresh Mark, Cindy Kovick, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2001-873777806.  

There have been accusations in the past about Fresh Mark hiring undocumented workers.

A former Human Relations Administrator for Fresh Mark, Cindy Kovick, filed a whistleblower lawsuit in 2001.  

Reporter Brittany Bissell looked into that angle of the story.

Kovick claims Fresh Mark knowingly hired undocumented immigrants, and that management forged documents on behalf of them.

It was just two days ago that Salem Fresh Mark was raided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and over 100 suspected undocumented workers were arrested.

Kovick says the bosses at the plant knew workers were undocumented

Kovick’s job was to sign-off on paperwork that shows employees are who they said they were.

But Kovick said the documents often weren’t right so she refused to sign-off on them, but says the documents would keep coming.

She sent copies of those documents to immigration investigators, and told her bosses which led to her losing her job.

Her allegations were all laid out in a whistleblower lawsuit against the company.

“There’d be whiteouts, you could tell copy and pasted, social security cards with bad typing on them. They even asked me to change somebody’s identity overnight. Brought me a whole new set of paperwork which I refused to sign,” She said.

A judge dismissed Kovick’s case and for years now she thought nothing would change. That’s until this week, the federal agency is now looking into evidence that Fresh Mark knowingly hired undocumented workers.

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