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WorkLawyers’ Clients win groundbreaking case for systematic underpayment

WorkLawyers is pleased to have secured the first Federal Court of Australia judgment finding Serious Contraventions of the Fair Work Act for systemic underpayments by an employer.

The case centered on habitual and dishonest underpayments of two international workers who were ripped off by their employer. Both employees worked as Chefs in the Illawarra region, south of Sydney

The case is next before Justice Halley where penalties of up to   $126,000 for individuals and $630,000 for corporations can be ordered to be paid by the Court on top of compensation Orders, interest and Costs.

The judgment of His Honour can be found here:

A selection of recent media articles is also available here:

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Kristian Bolwell is the principal solicitor of WorkLawyers.  For more than 10 years he worked as an industrial officer for the Fire Brigade Union in the New South Wales Public Sector, as the in-house industrial relations lawyer for the Employee Association for Qantas and International Pilots and as the Senior National Legal Officer for the Maritime Union of Australia. With an Honours degree in Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and a Masters of Aviation he is well equipped to assist you navigate a wide range of employment issues.

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