The operators of an Indian take-away store allegedly stole more than $63,000 in wages from 17 workers.
The affected employees included an international student in addition to two young workers, aged 18 and 20 at the time.
Indian take-away store allegedly stole $63,000 in wages
Facing the Federal Circuit Court are married couple Satchithanantha Chelliah and Mahesvery Toolseram, who operate the ‘Little India’ outlet in Hobart.
Fair Work commenced an investigation following a complaint from a worker.
Inspectors subsequently discovered that Chelliah and Toolseram allegedly paid the 17 casual employees unlawfully low flat rates by failing to pay proper:
- minimum wages;
- casual loadings; and
- penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work.
As a result, the alleged wage theft totalled $63,065.
Individual underpayments range from $270 to $15,224.
The alleged underpayments have subsequently been rectified in full.
Fair Work also alleges Chelliah and Toolseram breached record-keeping and pay slip laws.
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As a result of the alleged underpayments and record keeping breaches, Fair Work is seeking penalties against Chelliah and Toolseram.
The pair face a maximum penalty of $12,600 for each contravention.
The regulator is also seeking orders requiring Chelliah and Toolseram to commission an external audit of wage payment practices in addition to completing online workplace training.
The Federal Circuit Court in Hobart has the matter listed for a directions hearing on 3 December 2020.
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