The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against the former operators of a Thai restaurant in Perth.

Facing court is Corinthian Capital Pty Ltd which formerly operated Galangal Award Winning Thai Cuisine, located in Mount Hawthorn.

The Ombudsman is also pursuing legal action against the company director Richard James Trainer who faces an individual penalty of $6,600.

An investigation was conducted after the employees of the restaurant requested assistance between February and July 2020.

It was believed that 11 workers had not been paid entitlements owed under the Restaurant Award 2010, Restaurant Award 2020 and the National Employment Standards.

Ten of the workers were casually employed and one was full-time, five of the casual employees were allegedly not paid for the work performed.

Six of the other workers were underpaid entitlements including minimum rates for ordinary hours, casual rates, weekend and public holiday penalty rates.

It is said that the full-time employee was not only underpaid but had not taken annual leave upon termination.

Six of the workers were visa holders, including three international students and three on working holiday visas.

The regulator is seeking a court order against the company to follow the Compliance Notice which involves rectifying underpayments in full, plus interest and superannuation.

The next court appearance will be in Perth on 25 November 2021.

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