Aug 2018 | Meatball and Wine Bar penalised for underpayments

Date: 23 Aug 2018

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman 

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a $31,320 penalty against Melbourne restaurant operator Meatball and Wine Bar Pty Ltd for underpaying 26 workers, including visa holders, across three restaurants.

The Federal Circuit Court imposed the penalty after the company admitted underpaying 26 workers across its ‘Meatball and Wine Bar’ restaurants in the Melbourne CBD, Richmond and Collingwood a total of $14,149 between 4 July and 2 October 2016.

The underpayments were rectified in June 2017, before the Fair Work Ombudsman commenced proceedings.

The employees, who worked as wait staff or kitchen hands, were paid flat rates between $17.31 and $21.69 per hour.

The employees included 11 visa holders on student or working holiday visas. All but four of the workers were aged in their 20s.

The flat rates led to underpayment of various entitlements for some employees, including minimum wage rates, overtime rates, casual loadings and penalty rates for weekend and late night work.