Former Brisbane Coffee Club franchisee penalised over unlawful cash-back payment
Brisbane man Saandeep Chokhani and his wife formerly owned and ran the Coffee Club franchise at the Nundah Village Shopping Centre, during which time they coerced the Indian national to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to cancel his visa if he refused.
“The exploitation of workers from other countries who are inspired to live and work in Australia with the hope of achieving permanent residency needs to be discouraged, in the strongest of terms whenever it is apparent that it has occurred. This is one of those cases,” said Judge Michael Jarrett.
“(The worker) was in a bind. He could not leave his employment because if he did so he would breach a condition of his visa and his ability to remain in Australia would be seriously compromised. He was effectively working for nothing.”