Sushi operator allegedly underpaid vulnerable workers in Canberra
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Rebecca Yi Jeong Shin and her company Sushi Bay ACT underpaid 22 employees at the Sushi Bay Belconnen outlet in Canberra almost $19,000 between November 2015 and March 2016.
Most of the allegedly underpaid workers were Korean nationals who were in Australia on working holiday and student visas and four of the employees were juniors aged between 17 and 19. The employees were allegedly underpaid amounts ranging from $103 to $1992, which Sushi Bay ACT has now rectified in full.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking the imposition of penalties against Shin and her company, as well as an injunction restraining them from underpaying workers in future. Shin faces penalties of up to $10,800 per contravention, while the company faces penalties of up to $54,000 per contravention.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said they decided to commence legal action after Fair Work received underpayment allegations dating back to 2007 and because Shin had previously been put on notice to rectify non-compliance issues.