Restaurants in Hammersmith and Edgware Road who failed to pay a total of £40,000 in fines for employing illegal migrant workers have been named and shamed.
Miran Masala Pakistani restaurant in Hammersmith Road was fined £15,000 while Lahore Grill Indian takeaway in Edgware Road, Marylebone and Tennessee Chicken and Ribs in Askew Road, Shepherd's Bush were fined £10,000 each.
Yas’ Restaurant, a Persian eatery in Hammersmith Road next to Miran Masal, was fined £5,000.
The figures released this week come from the UK Visas and Immigration department and exposes employers who were fined for taking on illegal migrant workers between October 1 and December 31, 2013, but then did not pay up or appeal after 28 days.
They also may have been hit with a second or further penalty after using up their appeals and objections.
It is up to employers to prevent illegal working in the UK by carrying out document checks on people before employing them and they can be fined up to £10,000 per illegal worker.
The Home Office has published details of employers not complying on a quarterly basis since 2008 as it believes it is in the public interest and helps deter illegal working.
A Home Office publication says: “Illegal working has damaging social and economic consequences for the UK. It undercuts businesses that operate within the law, undercuts British workers, and exploits migrant workers. As long as there are job opportunities for illegal workers, the UK will be an attractive place for illegal migrants.
“Employers must carry out document checks in accordance with the published guidance. Where employers use illegal labour, the UK Border Agency takes robust action.”
None of the restaurants wished to comment.