Media release

12 July 2009

Melbourne fashion outlet allegedly underpaid workers almost $7000

The federal workplace watchdog has launched a prosecution against a Melbourne men’s fashion outlet for allegedly underpaying two workers almost $7000.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is prosecuting Tovek Pty Ltd, which trades as CM’s Fashion at various locations around Melbourne.

The Agency is also prosecuting the company’s sole director Uri Burke, of Melbourne.

Documents lodged in the Melbourne Magistrates Court allege that Tovek underpaid a former Collingwood-based merchandise manager more than $6500.

The alleged underpayments related to his personal/carer’s leave and annual leave entitlements on termination in 2008.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Tovek also underpaid a former retail assistant $362.

The woman was allegedly underpaid her casual hourly rate and Sunday rates when she worked at the CM’s Fashion stores in South Yarra and Collingwood in 2008.

Fair Work Ombudsman Executive Director Michael Campbell says the decision to prosecute Tovek and Mr Burke was made because of the significant amounts involved and the failure to rectify the matter.

The Agency is seeking penalties.

The maximum potential penalty per breach of workplace law is $33,000 for Tovek and $6600 for Mr Burke.

The Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote 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 131 450.


Media inquiries:

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

Ryan Pedler, Media & Stakeholder Relations Senior Adviser
(03) 9954 2561, 0434 365 924


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