"Wage Theft" by 7-Eleven and Hallmark Computers just the tip
Following on from last weeks’ blog post, this week a single 7-Eleven store in whose owners systematically exploited workers, has been fined more than $400,000 … one of the largest penalty imposed by the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia.
In summary, the 7-Eleven store owner, Mr Sheng-Chieh Lo and his company Mai Pty Ltd:
- underpaid 12 employees a total of $82,661
- implemented “a business model that relied upon a deliberate disregard of the employees’ workplace entitlements”
- persistently attempted to deceive Fair Work inspectors
- supplied Fair Work inspectors with numerous false records to cover-up underpayments
- displayed “no suitable credible expression of regret”
- showed “a contemptuous disregard of Australian workplace laws”
This is not the first time 7-Eleven has been in the new for underpaying employees … in August 2015, a joint Fairfax and Four Corners investigation uncovered systemic wage underpayments of international students at 7-Eleven convenience stores across Australia.
Lo’s Brisbane store was one of 20 7-Eleven outlets targeted by Fair Work inspectors for surprise night-time visits as part of a tri-state operation.
Read the full ABC News article here.