Melbourne Environmental Company Allegedly Underpaid Workers $40,000

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Fair Work Infoline: 13 13 94 

Media Release

  24 March 2010

Melbourne environmental services company

allegedly underpaid workers $40,000 

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against a Melbourne

environmental services company, alleging it owes 10 workers more than $40,000.

Facing court is Village Green Environmental Solutions Pty Ltd and the company’s

manager and sole director Douglas Brent Smith, of Camberwell.

Documents lodged in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court allege Mr Smith was

involved in Village Green Environmental Solutions failing to pay several weeks’

wages to 15 employees when they fell due in December, 2008 and January,


Mr Smith was allegedly also involved in the company failing to pay accrued

annual leave entitlements and pay in lieu of notice to some of the employees

whose positions were terminated at the time.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Village Green Environmental Solutions has

partially back-paid the workers but still owes $40,779 to 10 former employees.

The biggest amount allegedly still owing to an individual worker is $7170.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the decision to

launch the prosecution was made because of the significant amount involved and

the employer’s failure to fully rectify the matter.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges the company and Mr Smith committed several

breaches of workplace relations laws.

The Agency is seeking penalties against the company and Mr Smith and a Court

Order for the money allegedly still owed to be back-paid.

The maximum potential penalty per breach is $33,000 for Village Green

Environmental Solutions and $6600 for Mr Smith.

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.

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