UNPAID FOR THREE MONTHS
A Melbourne labour-hire operator who paid an apprentice overseas mechanic nothing for almost three months work has been hit with maximum penalties and referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.
A Federal Circuit Court judge penalised Leonard Greenan, formerly of Mount Martha a total of $10 800 after he had engaged in ‘‘appalling’’ conduct and shown no remorse for his actions.
Fair Work Ombudsman inspectors investigated Mr Greenan, trading as ‘United Consulting’ or ‘United Consulting Services’ after receiving an underpayment allegation from a Pakistani worker Mr Greenan had employed.
The employee, aged 29, was in Australia on a bridging visa and obtained loans in order to pay $9500 to Mr Greenan for a visa sponsorship service he offered but did not progress.
Mr Greenan supplied the employee to work as a mechanic at a car dealership in Richmond between January and March last year, but failed to pay the worker any wages.
The Fair Work Ombudsman issued a Compliance Notice requiring Mr Greenan to back-pay the worker a total of $7066 in outstanding wages. The notice was not complied with.