A South Australian nail salon owner has been fined for underpaying two migrant workers more than $50,000 in less than two years.
A South Australian nail salon which was fined earlier month for underpaying two migrant workers is an “appalling” case of migrant worker exploitation, the Fair Work Ombudsman says.
Nail salon owner Minh Gia Le received a penalty of $30,000 and his business, House of Polish Central Pty Ltd, a further $100,000, after legal action from the Fair Work Ombudsman. The business provided beauty industry services including manicures and pedicures.
Speaking to SBS News this week, Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said it was an “appalling” case of worker exploitation.
“It’s appalling when we see people who are running a business who are recent arrivals to Australia themselves, exploiting very vulnerable workers who are on a visa,” she said.
Ms James said the workers were paid $12 an hour, well under what they were entitled to as casual employees.