The operator of a Chinese restaurant in Ulverstone, Tasmania, is facing court after failing to back-pay staff.

The Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) alleges Galb Pty Ltd and Chao Liang, the company’s sole director, breached the Fair Work Act by failing to comply with a notice which required the company to calculate and back-pay outstanding amounts to employees.

Jade Willow Chinese Restaurant first came to the attention of Fair Work after an employee requested assistance.

An investigation found food and beverage attendants at the restaurant were underpaid minimum wage rates, weekend and public holiday penalty rates, casual loadings, late night additional payments and minimum two-hour shift pay.

FWO is seeking penalties up to $31,500 against Galb Pty Ltd, while Liang faces a maximum penalty of $6,300.

Fair Work is also seeking a court order requiring the company and Liang to calculate underpayments and rectify them in full along with superannuation and interest.

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