Roadside Assistance Company Fined Over Staff Underpayments

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23rd July 2008, 10:00am - Views: 1025

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Media Release 

23 July 2008

Roadside assistance company fined over

staff underpayments 

A Sydney-based roadside services operator has been fined $115,000 for

underpaying three of its workers.

The Chief Industrial Magistrate’s Court of NSW imposed the penalty after

the Workplace Ombudsman took legal action against Motorists’ Transport

Assistance Pty Ltd.

The Workplace Ombudsman alleged the three staff members – including a

single mother from a non-English speaking background – had been

underpaid almost $5000.

One of the workers was allegedly engaged on a one-day trial period with

no pay.

The company’s business manager, Matthew Mills, was also individually

fined $23,000 for his role in breaches of the Workplace Relations Act.

Mills was last month sentenced to 12 months’ jail - fully suspended on him

entering into a two-year good behaviour bond - following a separate

Australian Securities and Investments Commission investigation.

ASIC found Mills was managing four companies, including Motorists’

Transport Assistance Pty Ltd, while an undischarged bankrupt.  

Workplace Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell said the

severe penalties imposed by the court reflected in part the company’s lack

of contrition and compliance when the underpayments were discovered.

Mr Campbell said the employer had sought to mislead the Workplace

Ombudsman into believing it had reimbursed staff, when it had not.

Media inquiries:

Craig Bildstien

Director Media & Stakeholder Relations – Workplace Ombudsman

Ph: (03) 9954 2554 Mob: 0419 818 484 Email:

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