Restaurant prosecuted for short-changing workers

A Fremantle restaurant has ended up with a hefty bill for back-payment of wages after it was found to be short-changing its waiting staff.

Nineteen workers were underpaid almost $20,000 over 12 months, inquiries by the Fair Work Ombudsman have revealed.

The business was underpaying its employees their casual hourly rates, weekend and early-morning penalty rates.

The matter is one of a number finalised by the Fair Work Ombudsman in and around Perth recently, including:

  • > $17,500 for an administrative assistant at a Malaga business who failed to receive her redundancy entitlements on termination,
  • > $16,800 for 20 cleaners at a Warwick business not paid for some hours worked and underpaid their broken shift allowances, overtime, weekend, late-night, morning and evening penalty rates,
  • > $10,500 for two young shop assistants at a Midland retail store underpaid their minimum hourly rates and weekend penalty rates, and
  • > $6700 for a paramedic employed by a Subiaco business for unpaid wages and annual leave entitlements on termination.

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman Media Release July 2015

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