The operators of a New South Wales service station are facing court after allegedly underpaying two workers more than $50,000.
Kamaldeep Singh and his wife Uma Singh once ran Metro Petroleum on the Pacific Highway at Doyalson.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the pair underpaid the two migrant workers between May 2015 and August 2016.
Service station operators accused of ripping off workers
Fair Work claims the Singhs failed to pay:
- legal minimum rates of pay,
- penalty rates for overtime, weekend and public holiday work,
- shift work loadings
- and various leave entitlements.
As a result, the Singhs allegedly underpaid one worker $28,157 and the other $24,607.
Furthermore, it is alleged the Singhs made one of the workers cover the loss from a customer who drove off without paying for fuel.
The employer allegedly forced the employee to work additional hours without being paid.
Additionally, the Singh’s also required the same employee to pay part of his employer’s income tax payments.
“SERVICE STATION CHAIN ACCUSED OF DELIBERATE AND SYSTEMATIC WAGE THEFT”
Breach of the Fair Work Act
Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Industrial Relations Claims says he is appalled by the case.
“If these allegations are proven, it is a shocking case of wage theft,” he said.
“Firstly, this employer has allegedly failed to pay proper wages.
“Secondly, they have also allegedly made a worker cover the cost of a drive-off, which is unlawful.
“And finally, they have allegedly made the worker pay part of their tax bill!
“If these allegations are true, Mr and Mrs Singh deserve to face hefty penalties.”
The couple face maximum penalties of $10,800 per breach, while their company Sinpek Pty Ltd faces penalties of up to $54,000 per breach.
The Federal Circuit Court has a hearing scheduled for December.
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