The director of a Leicester clothing company which went into liquidation a year ago has been disqualified from acting as a director for six years, after an investigation by the Insolvency Service, working with the Home Office.

Sameena Bi Shaikh, 34, of Leicester, a director of SN Clothing Ltd for periods between April 2012 and February 2014, was found in June 2013 to be employing six workers who were not eligible to work in the UK. All had been while Mrs Shaikh was a director. The business, a ladies and childrens fashion wear outlet, went into liquidation in February 2014, owing 119,026 to creditors.

The Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills accepted a six year undertaking from Mrs Shaikh which, from 3 September 2015, bans her from acting as a company director or from managing or in any way controlling a limited company until 2021. In addition to the disqualification order, the company was fined 25,000.

Sue MacLeod, Chief Investigator of Insolvent Investigations, Midlands & West 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 defraud the taxpayer and undercuts honest competitors. This should serve as a warning to other directors who may feel tempted to break the law.

The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006, makes 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 that show a person is entitled to work.