"Mohawk is pleased to have reached a settlement that allows the company to put behind it the expense and distraction associated with this case," Mohawk attorney Juan P. Morillo said in a statement. "Mohawk has always trained its employees to comply with the immigration and workplace laws, and this settlement affirms the company's commitment to a continued culture of compliance."
The case has been widely followed as the workers' attorneys sued Mohawk by employing a law largely used by the federal government to go after organized criminal activity. The government has used Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations -- or RICO - to help put New York mob boss John Gotti behind bars and to tangle with Big Tobacco.
The case was filed against a backdrop of increased public debate over illegal immigrants and stepped-up enforcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials in their audits of employers to see whether they were hiring undocumented workers.