July 2018 | $130,000 penalties after nail salon engages in “elaborate sham” to hide exploitation

Date: 10 July 2018

Source: Fair Work Ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured a total of $130,000 in penalties against the operators of an Adelaide nail salon for exploiting two young, migrant workers and creating false records as part of an “elaborate sham” to try to cover it up.

Adelaide man Minh Gia Le, who previously operated a nail salon in the Colonnades Shopping Centre at Noarlunga Centre, has been penalised $30,000 and his company House of Polish Central Pty Ltd, which currently operates the salon, has been penalised a further $100,000, in the Federal Circuit Court.

The penalties are the result of legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The nail salon has at various times traded as Global Nail and Beauty and/or House of Polish Central.

Le and his company admitted underpaying two nail technicians at the salon a total of $53,021 between November 2014 and March 2016.

The employees, aged as young as 20 and 21 at the time, were both Filipino migrants.

Fair Work inspectors investigated after one of the employees lodged a request for assistance.