I work in production at a small family owned company in a metropolitan area of the city. They make their money by selling clothing products wholesale to businesses internationally and make around 10K-20k a day. The invoices provided to the customer often different exponentially than invoices delivered to international customers. Ex: (6 clothing units total to $1,200, but the invoices provided to the Canadian government to allow the package to be delivered states $80 or less.) My coworkers are told that this is a simple form (including a NAFTA agreement) that lowers their taxes for those items when NO taxes is removed from invoices completely. I was pressured to sign off on one of those “dummy invoices” and I felt very uncomfortable doing so. Is this illegal? Am I now aiding and abetting in this? What could (and should) I do?
Whether the conduct is legal or not is not an employment law question so you are going to have to ask it of another kind of attorney. From the employment law perspective, if refuse to engage in unlawful conduct, and you are disciplined or terminated for that refusal, then you would likely have a meritorious claim for wrongful termination. If you refuse and the conduct is actually not unlawful, you can be terminated without recourse.
Good luck to you.
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