Company Penalised $8500 For Underpaying Toowoomba Worker

< BACK TO EMPLOYMENT starstarstarstarstar   People - Employment Press Release
26th October 2009, 11:43am - Views: 908

People Feature Fair Work Ombudsman 1 image

People Feature Fair Work Ombudsman 2 image

Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

    26 Oct 2009

Company penalised $8500 for underpaying

Toowoomba worker

A Toowoomba company which paid one of its staff just $6.66 an hour has been

fined $8500 following a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The Federal Magistrate’s Court in Brisbane has imposed the penalty against

Amalgamated Marketing Pty Ltd, which trades under that name and as radio

station 4WK.

The company admitted underpaying a full-time advertising consultant $15,000

over 19 months in 2006 and 2007.

Amalgamated Marketing admitted paying the consultant substantially below the

Federal Minimum Wage and not paying her for some hours worked.

The company paid the consultant wages of just $250 a week, or just $6.66 an

hour. The Federal Minimum Wage was $12.75 to $13.74 during the relevant


After the consultant lodged a complaint, the Fair Work Ombudsman repeatedly

asked Amalgamated Marketing to back-pay the employee, but it failed to do so

until after legal proceedings commenced earlier this year.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says the case sends a

message to companies that they cannot simply ignore requests to rectify

underpayments when they are identified.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman takes its role of protecting workers’ rights seriously

and we do not hesitate to pursue companies who fail to respect those rights,” Ms

Wade said.

The Fair Work Ombudsman promotes harmonious, productive and co-operative

workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national

workplace laws.

Employers or employees seeking assistance should contact the Fair Work Infoline

on 13 13 94 or visit For translations call 13 14 50.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien, Director Media & Stakeholder Relations. 0419 818 484.

Ryan Pedler, Senior Adviser Media & Stakeholder Relations. (03) 9954

2561, 0434 365 924.

news articles logo NEWS ARTICLES
Contact News Articles |Remove this article