Media release

14  July 2009

Gold Coast company faces court over alleged underpayments of $10,000

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against Gold Coast company Suminda Pty Ltd, alleging it owes three former employees more than $10,000.

Prosecution documents lodged with the Federal Magistrates Court in Brisbane claim that Suminda underpaid the workers their annual leave entitlements and pay in lieu of notice.

The Fair Work Ombudsman says a full-time property maintainer has been short-changed $4403, a full-time property manager $3452 and a part-time book-keeper $2157.

The three workers had their employment terminated in 2006 when the company ceased operating after its sole director passed away.

Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland Director Julie Wade says action is being taken against Suminda to ensure the workers get their entitlements.

“We are seeking a Court Order for the money to be repaid but we are not seeking penalties against Suminda,” she said.

Workers and employers alike can contact the FWO Infoline on 13 13 94 or visit for assistance.

The Fair Work Ombudsman aims to promote harmonious, productive and co-operative workplaces. It also monitors compliance and investigates breaches of national workplace laws.

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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Page last updated: 14 Jul 2009