Successful clothing retailer Sussan is being accused of ordering staff to start work 15 minutes before their rostered shift without pay.
A number of Sussan workers have contacted Fair Work Claims alleging they have been directed by their managers to start early to make sure stores are up and running by their scheduled opening time.
Workers should be paid for all the time that they work
Miles Heffernan, Litigation Director at Fair Work Claims, said workers should be paid for all the time that they work.
“If a manager directs a staff member to start 15 minutes earlier, then the clock starts 15 minutes earlier, and they should be paid for that time,” he said.
“An employer cannot order a worker to start 15 minutes early and then not pay them for it.”
Workers could be owed up to $20,000
Mr Heffernan said workers could be missing out on thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
“If you’ve been a long-term employee, and you’ve been made to work an extra 15 minutes a day, and you’re a full timer, it’s very reasonable that you could be owed anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 over six years,” he said.
Fair Work Claims wants to hear from other Sussan workers who are made to start their shift early.
“We are most interested in helping any other workers get to the bottom of any wage theft claims they may have,” Mr Heffernan said.
If you work for Sussan, or another retailer, and are made to start 15 minutes early to set up a store, you might be owed thousands of dollars in unpaid wages.
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