The operator of an Adelaide nail salon has been penalised $10,560 after being caught for a second time stealing wages from workers.
Albert Tran, who once owned the ‘Citi Nails & Beauty’ outlet in Modbury, had been warned about underpayments during an audit by the Fair Work Ombudsman in 2013, but during a follow up spot check in 2016, inspectors discovered Tran had continued to rip off his workers.
Five workers ripped off
Five employees who did nail treatments at the salon were not paid the legal minimum hourly rate, casual loadings and annual leave they were entitled to over a two year period.
The total of the stolen wages was $7,493, with one employee underpaid $6,346.
Tran should face criminal charges
Industrial relations advocate Miles Heffernan from WAGETHEFT.net.au believes bosses like Tran should face criminal charges.
“This is the second time this clown has been caught stealing from his workers – he should be charged by police, just like any other thief would be,” he said.
Mr Heffernan’s firm Industrial Relations Claims has made a detailed submission to the current wage theft inquiry in Queensland, in which he has called for tougher penalties for repeat offenders like Mr Tran, including criminal charges.
“Until we start locking up some of these rogue employers who show a blatant disregard for workplace laws, then we will continue to see vulnerable workers being exploited.”
In addition to the penalty, Tran was also ordered to complete online courses for employers on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.
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