June 2019 | Indian migrant Rajesh Salaria worked at Indian Masala restaurants for three years — and is unlikely to see a cent

Date: 15 June 2019

Source: The Advertiser 

A trained cook who is unlikely see a cent of the more than $170,000 in lost wages, entitlements and legal fines awarded him by a tribunal wants wage theft to be made a criminal offence in South Australia.

The South Australian Employment Tribunal has awarded the sum to Indian migrant Rajesh Salaria, 35, who was employed by Trehan and Sharmas Pty Ltd.

Mr Salaria worked across three ‘Indian Masala’ restaurants in Adelaide and Murray Bridge from June 2014 to February 2016.

His case has been described by SAET deputy president magistrate Stephen Lieschke as one of “extremely serious instances of deliberate dishonest exploitation of a vulnerable employee and of the skilled foreign worker visa sponsorship system”.