The decision restarts action in U.S. District Court, Rome, where the lawsuit was filed in January 2004.
Four employees are accusing the carpet and floor-covering company of hiring illegal immigrants in an effort to depress wages. They are asking the court to order Mohawk to stop the allegedly illegal practice and to award triple damages under the federal and state Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations acts.
The company has denied the charges. Courts have dismissed charges of unjust enrichment through illegal practices but the Supreme Courts announcement today is another blow to Mohawks attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed.
For more on this report, see Tuesdays Rome News-Tribune