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Gold Coast Café Facing Legal Action For Allegedly Stealing Cook’s Wages

Gold Coast café facing legal action for allegedly stealing cook’s wages

A Gold Coast café is facing legal action for ignoring a Compliance Notice to back pay a cook’s stolen wages.

The Fair Work Ombudsman issued the Compliance Notice after accusing the outlet of underpaying the worker’s minimum wages and entitlements.

Gold Coast café facing legal action

Fair Work commenced the court action against the operator of the Wildernis Café and Bar at Palm Beach following a wage theft complaint from a cook.

Inspectors formed the belief that Wildernis Café failed to pay the casual worker their minimum wage and weekend penalty rates.

Additionally, Fair Work alleges the outlet underpaid the worker their accrued annual leave on termination and pay in lieu of notice of termination.

Consequently, the regulator issued Wildernis Café with a Compliance Notice requiring it to calculate and back pay the cook their outstanding wages and entitlements.

In June 2021, Wildernis agreed it owed the former employee $7,985.

They paid the worker $1,330 that month, however, failed to make any further payments.

The operators of Wildernes Café and Bar at Palm Beach is accused of stealing the wages of a cook.

Compliance Notices not optional

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from said Compliance Notices are not optional.

“Compliance Notices are a chance for employers to rectify underpayments without incurring a financial penalty,” he said.

“It is silly to ignore them. Those who do will not only have to back pay what they owe, they will also incur hefty court ordered penalties.”

Fair Work will enforce workplace laws

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker warned the regulator will continue to enforce workplace laws and take businesses to court who ignore Compliance Notices.

“Where employers do not comply, we will take appropriate action to protect employees,” she said.

“A court can order a business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”

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Wildernis Pty Ltd is facing a maximum penalty of $33,300 for the alleged wage theft.

Fair Work is seeking a penalty in addition to an order for the company to back pay $6,654 to the worker, plus interest and superannuation.

The Federal Circuit and Family Court has a hearing listed in Brisbane on 10 May 2022 to hear the matter.

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