July 2019 | Calombaris case may prompt introduction of criminal charges for wage theft

Date: 24 July 2019

Source: The New Daily

Attorney-General Christian Porter has confirmed he is considering criminal penalties for employers who engage in wage theft and exploitation following MasterChef‘s George Calombaris’ underpayment of 500 workers.

Mr Porter again described Calombaris’s $200,000 Fair Work Commission penalty as “light” and warned the Morrison government had “zero tolerance” for the wage theft. 

“I have said that is an area where we will review penalties,” he said on Wednesday. 

“I am open-minded to submissions that there should be firmer penalties there, inclusive of potentially criminal penalties reserved for repetitious breaches.”