The daughter of a Gold Coast millionaire has been penalised $19,000 for ripping off young workers at her café.
The woman also ignored demands from the Fair Work Ombudsman to back-pay the workers.
Despite her family’s wealth, she claims she is “in a poor financial position”.
Millionaire’s daughter penalised
Natasha Doumani owns the 3 Beans café in Broadbeach and lives in her parent’s $5 million Broadbeach Waters mansion.
Fair Work inspectors commenced an investigation as a result of wage theft complaints from two of the workers.
They subsequently found Doumani failed to pay lawful:
- minimum wage rates for ordinary hours;
- casual loadings;
- weekend and public holiday penalty rates; and
- late night and early morning shift payments.
The underpayments totalled $30,000 for one worker, and $1,500 for the other.
As a result, inspectors issued Doumani with a Compliance Notice to back-pay the workers, which she subsequently ignored.
Fair Work then commenced legal action and, as a result, Doumani back-paid what she owed.
The Federal Circuit Court penalised Doumani $3,000 and her company an additional $16,000 as a result of the wage theft.
Judge Michael Jarrett said it is important to impose a penalty to deter others from similar conduct.
“Fixing a penalty in this case requires the Court to ensure that the relevant compliance notice regime established by the Fair Work Act is met and that the regime is an effective means of ensuring compliance with the Act.
“Employers and others who receive such notices should be under no misapprehension about what is required of them.”
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says Compliance Notices are not optional.
“Compliance Notices give employers the chance to rectify underpayments without facing legal action,” he said.
“They are not optional.”
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