Bendigo fast-food worker paid $11 an hour

The Fair Work Ombudsman has announced that a fast food shop in Bendigo paid staff as little as $11 an hour because the employer believed it was the 'going rate', an Agency investigation has found.

The employer, who was new to the business, told Fair Work inspectors he was unaware of the Fast Food Industry Award, minimum hourly rates or penalties.

A random audit of the business as part of the Fair Work Ombudsman's national hospitality campaign found that four part-time and casual employees were paid between $11 and $15 an hour.

They were entitled to a minimum of between $15.74 and $22.48 for normal hours and between $20.77 and $29.67 for work on Sundays.

Collectively, they were short-changed more than $8000, with individual underpayments ranging from $582 to $3004.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James said the employer has been educated about his workplace obligations and since reimbursed all outstanding entitlements.

Ms James said the case study highlights the importance of Goldfields region businesses taking the time to ensure they understand the wage rates applicable to their workplace.
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