Casino firm covers wages
A CASINO company that underpaid its workers by $113,000 has escaped litigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The national pay watchdog recovered the sum from the business, which was not identified by the Ombudsman, in back pay for 32 workers after staff complained about their wages.
The company avoided litigation when inspectors found the business had been underpaying accidentally.
One worker was owed as much as $12,000, while another, believed to be a teenager, was paid just $10 an hour. The underpayment of the staff dates back as far as 2006.
Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson said the Casino company was unaware of its obligations under the relevant award.
“We have assisted the employer to understand and comply with its responsibilities,” he said.
“It has fully rectified all underpayments and corrected its procedures to ensure a mistake like this does not happen again.
“We have chosen not to pursue litigation in this instance because the company has fully co-operated.”
Mr Davidson did warn other employers that serious penalties can be sought through the courts against businesses that underpay their staff.
He also encouraged other workers and employers to contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for help in understanding new workplace relations laws or rates of pay.