$6000 Fine For Underpaying Bingo Caller

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Media Release

    23 Oct 2009

$6000 fine for underpaying bingo caller

A former director of a NSW company has been fined more than $6000 over the

underpayment of a bingo caller.

Raymond Bruce Snell, of Grose Vale, near Richmond, was fined $6368 in the

Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court in Sydney after he admitted being involved in

the underpayment.

The fine is equal to the amount of wages the employee was underpaid and must

be paid to the bingo caller by November 16.

Chief Industrial Magistrate Gregory Hart imposed the penalty following a

prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Snell is a former director of BW Marketing Group Pty Ltd and was involved in the

company underpaying the bingo caller when she worked three days a week at the

West Pennant Hills Sports Club.  

The bingo caller was paid $60 per performance but under the relevant Award she

was entitled to $113.50 per performance. 

The woman won a back-payment order in the Local Court of NSW earlier this year

after Fair Work inspectors assisted her to lodge a small claims application.

However, BW Marketing Group went into liquidation and she was not reimbursed.

Fair Work Ombudsman NSW Director Mark Davidson says the Agency then

decided to prosecute Snell because of his central involvement in the

underpayment and to recover the wages owed. 

“This case sends a message that the Fair Work Ombudsman is committed to

recovering money for underpaid workers and is prepared to pursue individual

directors to do so,” Mr Davidson 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 www.fwo.gov.au 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. ryan.pedler@fwo.gov.au

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