Ruby Tuesday routinely validates the Social Security numbers of employees it hires and promotes, with an enhanced verification process that has been part of our procedures since 2008. When we are unable to validate an employee’s Social Security number, our policy requires that person be given 30 days to provide proof of a valid number. Social Security regulations require a “reasonable” period of time for that to occur in order to allow for corrections of errors that might have occurred in data entry or in the case of other circumstances, like marriage, that would cause Social Security numbers to appear invalid. If the employee is unable to provide a Social Security number that we can verify as valid, they are not allowed to be an employee of Ruby Tuesday, Inc.
The company has a long-standing record of compliance with employment rules and regulations, diligently and routinely examines and verifies Social Security information provided by employees when they are hired, promoted, or their work status changes, and has as its policy that it does not hire and retain people who cannot be legally employed.
In the instances where employees in our workforce of more than 35,000 full-time and part-time employees are found to have Social Security numbers that cannot be validated, as was the case of the employee in our restaurant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, they are given up to 30 days to provide us with a verifiably valid number. If they are unable to do so, their employment at Ruby Tuesday is terminated. This Ruby Tuesday policy complies with Social Security Administration regulations.
Matters of this nature are very important to us, and so are the privacy and rights of our employees. Because of that, we are unable to comment further about any specific employee’s private employment or Social Security information.