Former Oliver Brown manager fined $27k for seeing what he could “get away” with
The manager was responsible for hiring staff and setting wages rates. He was found to be liable for involvement in the underpayment of 12 staff, who were paid flat rates as low as $10 and did not receive weekend loadings.
It was found that staff were paid low flat rates that undercut the minimum rates for ordinary hours, casual loadings and penalty rates under the Restaurant Industry Award 2010.
Seven of the underpaid were overseas workers, with one Korean national found to be owed $9188 in back-pay.
Judge Salvator Vasta said the manager had “quite deliberately calculated to see what it was that he could ‘get away with.”
“There doesn’t appear to be any other explanation as to why there were some rates given to some people and other rates to others, except when one looks at the personal and cultural background of the workers.”