Three Gold Coast workers underpaid $50,000

Employees take fight to Ombudsman

Three Gold Coast workers underpaid $50,000 Image credit: Adrian van Leen

A Surfers Paradise worker has been back-paid a whopping $28,000, after his pay was solely based on commission for seven months.

The full-time trainee investment adviser contacted the Fair Work Ombudsman, who has since found in the employee's favour, ordering the company they worked for to fork over the unpaid wages.

The worker was one of three Gold Coasters who received a sum of cash recently, after reaching out to the ombudsman.

In another case, a worker on a 457 visa, employed at a Main Beach restaurant and retail shop was back-paid 16 grand.

His employer only gave him two weeks annual leave per year, instead of four, for eight years.

A third person, working as a customer service representative in Arundel, was not paid $8,000 worth of entitlements, after regularly working five hours overtime per week.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the matters demonstrated how a lack of understanding of workplace laws could lead to hefty back-payment bills for employers. 

“In each of these cases, it was the first time the business had come to our attention and each business promptly cooperated to rectify the mistakes,” Ms James said. 

“However, business operators should be warned that repeated mistakes or cases of deliberate exploitation could result in litigation and potential court penalties in addition to a large repayment bill".