BOSTON, March 15 (UPI) -- Former employees of Boston's Upper Crust Pizzeria said authorities were investigating the company's hiring of illegal immigrants and other labor violations.
The Boston Globe reported the former company managers wished to remain anonymous, rather than complain in public about the company while they are looking for work.
David Berman, the restaurant chain's attorney, denied the company knew about an investigation, which would be the second federal inquiry of the firm that has hired more than 80 workers from a small village of Marilac, Brazil, which the Globe described as "impoverished."
A spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to comment.
The pizzeria with 19 outlets is facing local boycotts from labor and student groups.
Massachusetts Jobs With Justice Executive Director Russ Davis said the group wants "to help educate the public so that diners know what is going on and employers realize there is a consequence to exploiting workers."