Glasgow restaurant boss banned for hiring illegal worker

20 July 2018 by
Glasgow restaurant boss banned for hiring illegal worker

A director of a Japanese-Chinese restaurant in Glasgow has been disqualified for hiring an illegal worker.

Shui Ping Lee, also known as David Lee and David Shui Ping Lee, was the sole director of Goodwin Ichiban, which traded as Ichiban Noodle café and Ichiban Fusion from 184 Dumbarton Road in Glasgow.

In February 2017, Goodwin Ichiban was fined £15,000 for employing an illegal worker, however the company was unable to pay the fine and was placed into liquidation in October 2017.

The Insolvency Service subsequently investigated the company and Shui Ping Lee admitted the company had employed an illegal worker, and so was disqualified from acting as a director of a company for three and a half years effective from 21 June 2018.

Dave Elliot, lead investigator at the Insolvency Service, said: "Illegal workers are not protected under employment law, and as well as cheating legitimate job seekers out of employment opportunities, these employers don't ensure appropriate tax is paid, and as a result can undercut honest competitors.

"This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to break the law. Immigration laws make employers responsible for preventing illegal workers in the UK. To comply with the law, a company must check and be able to prove documents have been checked prior to recruitment showing that a person is entitled to work in the UK."

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