Thirty-two employees at a cafe in Fitzroy North have been underpaid a total of $37,520, the Fair Work Ombudsman announced on Wednesday.
Fair Work inspectors found that Super Max Coffee Pty Ltd, which trades as Mitte, failed to pay employees minimum casual loadings, overtime rates and penalty rates as per the Restaurant Industry Award.
The underpayment occurred between July 2017 and June 2018, during which time one worker was paid an hourly weekend rate of $23 instead of the $28.22 they were entitled to. On public holidays, the worker was paid $31.50 instead of $47.03.
A statement released by Fair Work says the company has committed to improving its compliance with workplace laws. It must now rectify the underpaid wages and engage an external auditor to look into pay rates and employee conditions over the next year. It will also be required to provide an apology letter to underpaid workers, display a notice at Mitte detailing the breaches, publish a notice on its Facebook page, make a donation to the Commonwealth Government’s Consolidated Revenue Fund and provide workplace relations training to managers.
The company must also submit a signed declaration every six months for two years stating employees are paid wages in line with the Fair Work Act and provided the correct superannuation entitlements.
In April 2017 George Calmobaris’s Made Establishment back-paid staff $2.6 million. In September 2018 Meatball and Wine Bar was fined $31,320 for underpayments, and in October 2018 Rockpool Dining Group, fronted by chef Neil Perry, back-paid staff $1.6 million.
Mitte declined Broadsheet’s requests for comment.
Employers and employees can visit fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 for assistance from the Fair Work Ombudsman.