Fair Work takes Degani café operator to court

26 February, 2018 by
Brittney Levinson

The operator of a Degani café in Melbourne’s north east is facing the Federal Circuit Court after allegedly using false records to cover up more than $12,000 in underpayments of staff, including one aged just 15.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against Sajid Amin, who manages and part-owns the Degani outlet at Greensborough, and his company SHMAP Group Pty Ltd, which holds a franchise agreement for the outlet.

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It is alleged Amin and SHMAP Group underpaid 15 employees at the Degani café a total of $12,506 between September and November 2016.

The employees included four teenagers and two adult overseas workers from China and Malaysia.

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Amin and SHMAP Group also allegedly contravened workplace laws by creating false or misleading records and providing them to the Fair Work Ombudsman during its investigation.

Amin allegedly asked a 19-year-old employee who was underpaid the largest individual amount to sign blank timesheets, before making false entries in the timesheets, understating the number of hours the employee had worked.

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All underpayments have now been back-paid in full.

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