Date: 3 July 2019
Source: The Canberra Times
A Canberra sushi restaurant has been slapped with more than $124,000 in fines for deliberately underpaying migrant workers, as the Fair Work Ombudsman cracks down on exploitation in the food industry.
Rebecca Yi Jeong Shin, who owns Sushi Bay Belconnen, admitted underpaying 22 employees a total of $18,671 over five months between November 2015 and March 2016.
Most of the staff were Korean nationals on working holiday or student visas, and four were still teens, aged between 17 and 19.
The underpayments at Sushi Bay were uncovered as part of an audit blitz in 2016 on more than 40 sushi outlets across Canberra, Queensland and NSW.
Nearly $30,000 in unpaid wages were recovered from stores in the ACT, where five of the seven businesses investigated were deemed to have breached at least one workplace law.