Feb 2019 | Sushi outlets allegedly underpaid workers $694,000

Date: 8 Feb 2019 

Source: FWO

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) has commenced legal action against the operators of three Hero Sushi takeaway outlets for allegedly underpaying 94 workers and allegedly creating false records to provide to Fair Work Inspectors during their investigation. 

The FWO has taken HSCC Pty Ltd, HSCK Pty Ltd and HSPF Pty Ltd to the Federal Court, who are the operators of Hero Sushi outlets in Newcastle, Canberra and the Gold Coast respectively.

In total, the FWO alleges that 94 workers across the three outlets were underpaid $694,628 between April 2015 and July 2016. Many of the workers were young overseas workers, including Korean and Japanese nationals on international student and working holiday visas.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the large number of employees allegedly underpaid in this matter was alarming and very serious conduct.

“The FWO considers all allegations of worker exploitation seriously, particularly matters involving migrant workers who may have little understanding of their workplace rights or how to seek help. Employers who deliberately contravene Australia’s workplace laws will be found out and could face legal action and significant financial penalties from the Court.”