Former Brisbane Coffee Club franchisee penalised over unlawful cash-back payment

The Fair Work Ombudsman stated that it has secured more than $180,000 in penalties against a former Coffee Club café franchisee in Brisbane for contraventions including requiring an overseas worker on a 457 skilled worker visa to pay back $18,000 of his wages through an unlawful cash-back payment.

The penalties have been imposed after Brisbane man Saandeep Chokhani - who, with his wife, formerly owned and ran the Coffee Club franchise at the Nundah Village Shopping Centre - required an overseas worker to repay $18,000 of his wages by threatening to take steps to cancel the worker's 457 skilled worker visa if he refused.

Mr Chokhani has been penalised $30,000 and a company he and his wife are the directors of, Gaura Nitai Pty Ltd, has been penalised a further $150,900, in the Federal Circuit Court.

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