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High Profile Dentist In Court Accused Of Underpaying Worker $36,000

High profile dentist in court accused of underpaying worker $36,000

A high profile Melbourne dentist will face the Federal Circuit Court accused of underpaying a worker by more than $36,000.

It’s the second time Nobrace Centre Pty Ltd, and it’s owner, Doctor Ari Masters, has faced legal action over wage theft.

High profile dentist in court

Masters formerly ran the No Brace Centre dental clinic in the city’s CBD.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Masters paid a dental technician from South Korea a flat rate of $15 an hour.

Masters allegedly underpaid the worker a total of $36,693 between March 2012 and February 2014.

Fair Work commenced legal action after Masters ignored a Compliance Notice in February, ordering him to back-pay the worker within 24 days.

The second legal action

It’s not the first time Masters has been accused of wage theft.

In 2015, Fair Work launched legal action alleging that the doctor deliberately underpaid a Korean dental technician more than $66,000.

That matter is still before the Federal Circuit Court.

Doctor Ari Masters appearing on national television.

Unprofessional conduct

In 2010, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal reprimanded Masters.

It found he had engaged in unprofessional conduct of a serious nature for recommending a risky treatment to a young patient that resulted in damage to the boy’s mouth.

The tribunal penalised Masters $25,000.

Overseas workers vulnerable to exploitation

Miles Heffernan, Director of Litigation at IR Claims, says overseas workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

“Overseas workers sometimes don’t know their workplace rights, or are afraid to complain because they fear losing their visas,” he said. 

“That’s what makes them such easy targets for unscrupulous bosses.”

Masters faces penalties of up to $126,000 per contravention, while his company faces penalties of up to $630,000 per contravention.

A directions hearing for the latest legal action is set down for 26 June.

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