An investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman has found that a Gold Coast business, which runs a sushi factory, restaurant and take-away food outlets in Queensland and NSW, has underpaid three Japanese employees more than $51,000.
The Ombudsman found that the three Japanese nationals with limited English, were short-changed when they worked for the company – Four Seasons Australia Pty Ltd, between April 2014 and November 2015.
The investigation revealed two of the workers, who were employed as kitchen attendants at the Buranda restaurant, were short-changed $26,206 and $18,460 respectively.
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The third employee was underpaid $6551 while working in the Southport food factory.
The company, who have a food preparation factory at Southport, restaurant Sushi 1 at Buranda Village and take-away outlets at Biggera Waters and Tweed Heads South, have apologised to the former employees and committed to reimbursing them all outstanding entitlements.
They have also been ordered to donate $2000 to the Working Women’s Centre in Queensland, undertake workplace relations training and conduct an independent auditor to assess its future compliance in 2016 and 2017.