Quarterdeck Dining is facing the Fair Work Ombudsman in court over underpayment allegations.

The regulator received a number requests for assistance from employees of the Perth restaurant.

Fair Work Inspectors issued two compliance notices requiring Dingwall Hilder Nominees Pty Ltd back-pay six workers in January and June this year.

It’s alleged the employees were underpaid their entitlements including minimum wage rates, casual loadings, overtime, weekend penalty rates, annual leave entitlements and public holiday pay between June 2017 and December 2019.

The company now faces maximum penalties of up to $33,000 per contravention with company director and manager Michelle Dawn Hilder facing maximum penalties of up to $6,600 per contravention.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking orders for the company to rectify any underpayments in full plus superannuation and interest.

“Where employers do not comply with our requests, we will take appropriate action to protect employees,” says Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker.

“A court can order the business to pay penalties in addition to back-paying workers.”

A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Perth on 3 November 2020.

Image credit: Quarterdeck Dining