Feb 2019 | Crown Casino cafe fined $250,000 for 'egregious' underpaying of staff

Date: 4 Feb 2019

Source: The Age

A cafe at Crown Casino has been fined more than a quarter of a million dollars for underpaying 54 workers.

The Federal Circuit Court penalised Ital One Holdings Pty Ltd $217,000 and its director, Len Di Pietro, $40,000 for underpayments at Cafe Baci at Southbank in 2015 and 2016.

Judge Heather Riley said the company's conduct was "particularly egregious" given the court had previously found it broke workplace laws on three similar occasions.

"The respondents have shown no remorse but sought to minimise their behaviour with complaints of being busy," she said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman pursued the company for underpaying 54 workers a combined $73,347 through its use of flat rates, which undercut entitlements for ordinary hours, overtime, casual and penalty rates for weekend, public holiday, late night and early morning work.

The affected employees, who worked as waiters, kitchen hands, chefs and in other roles, included 25 visa holders from countries including France, Italy and India.

The workers were mainly on student and 417 working holiday visas.