Townsville cafe owner faces court over sacking
The Fair Work Commission is taking an ex-cafe owner who still hasn't paid an unfairly dismissed worker back to court.
Owner of the since closed 3 Beans and a Chef cafe in Deeragun Theo Sourlos (pictured) was last July ordered to pay $6,200 in compensation to former manager Natasha Baker after the Fair Work Commission found she was unfairly dismissed in November 2015.
Mr Sourlos failed to pay the compensation within the seven days set down by court, instead applying in August to pay it in monthly $2000 instalments.
None of the money has been paid.
Court proceedings have now been launched with Mr Sourlos reportedly maintaining in correspondence with Fair Work inspectors that his company, Port Douglas Investments Pty Ltd, did not have to pay the amount ordered by the Commission.
Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said her agency had an important role to play in enforcing orders issued by the Fair Work Commission.
“Compliance with Fair Work Commission orders is fundamental for the integrity of the workplace relations system and employers should be aware that we are prepared to take action where appropriate,” she said.
Port Douglas Investments Pty Ltd and Mr Sourlos allegedly committed one contravention of workplace laws and face maximum penalties of $54,000 and $10,800, respectively.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is also seeking a Court Order for the company and Mr Sourlos to pay the outstanding compensation amount owed to the employee and an order for legal costs.
A directions hearing will be held for the matter in the Federal Circuit Court in Brisbane on July 17.
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This is a copy of an article from The Townsville Bulletin first published on 14 July 2017.