2020 media releases

Long-haul transport business faces court
30 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Sapphire Freighters Pty Ltd (Sapphire Freighters), a long distance trucking business transporting goods between Melbourne and Brisbane.
Cleaner in court
26 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a Ballarat cleaning business.
Activ Foundation signs Court-Enforceable Undertaking
20 Mar 2020
Disability services provider, Activ Foundation Inc. (Activ) will back-pay employees in Western Australia a total of $13.6 million after breaching Australia’s workplace laws.
Security and communications business penalised
16 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties totalling $8,505 against the operators of a Brisbane-based security and communications installation services business for failing to comply with a Compliance Notice.
Security company penalised
16 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties totalling $68,560 against the former directors of a Coffs Harbour security contractor found to have underpaid 14 employees almost $94,000.
Qantas signs Court-Enforceable Undertaking
13 Mar 2020
Qantas Airways Limited (Qantas) has entered into a Court-Enforceable Undertaking (EU) with the Fair Work Ombudsman and will back pay hundreds of workers millions of dollars.
Melbourne clothing retailer faces court
12 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a clothing retail store in Melbourne.
Audits recover $1.3 million for underpaid workers
11 Mar 2020
A nationwide Fair Work Ombudsman audit of 1217 businesses in industries including hospitality, domestic construction, retail, manufacturing and administration services has recovered $1,326,125 for underpaid employees.
Bondi venue in court
11 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of Upper East Side Bondi, a restaurant and bar in Sydney’s east.
Court upholds Compliance Notice
9 Mar 2020
The Federal Circuit Court has confirmed a Compliance Notice issued by the Fair Work Ombudsman to a transport company operating in NSW, after the company applied to have the notice reviewed by the Court.
Brisbane sole trader faces legal action
9 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action against a Brisbane sole trader for allegedly underpaying a young employee more than $5,000 and failing to comply with a Fair Work Commission order.
Richmond and Prahran cafés face court
2 Mar 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against two companies for allegedly failing to comply with a Compliance Notice.
Trucking business faces court
27 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against Trucking Services Pty Ltd, a road transport business based on the Gold Coast.
Adelaide restaurant faces court
25 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of “Gyoza Gyoza”, a restaurant specialising in Japanese cuisine in the Adelaide CBD.
Sydney care facility operators penalised
17 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured penalties totalling $41,580 against the operators of the Elizabeth Cottage respite and care facility in Peakhurst, Sydney, for deliberately underpaying two disability support workers $84,450.
Federal Court penalises AWU
7 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has today secured an $18,000 penalty in the Federal Court against the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) for taking adverse action against two of its members who refused to participate in industrial action.
Newcastle restaurant owner faces court
7 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a Thai restaurant in Newcastle.
Former Victorian hotel operator faces court
4 Feb 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of the Farmers Arms Hotel Newry in Victoria.
Excavation company faces court
31 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of an excavation business based in north-west Victoria.
Former Gold Coast restaurant operator faces court
24 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the former operator of Kokum, an Indian restaurant on the Gold Coast.
Melbourne rooftop bar faces court
24 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operators of a Melbourne CBD rooftop cocktail bar.
North Parramatta pizza outlet faces court
17 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against a pizza outlet in western Sydney.
Melbourne restaurant faces court
14 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal action in the Federal Circuit Court against the operator of a restaurant in Melbourne’s north.
Restaurant penalised for pregnancy discrimination
13 Jan 2020
The Fair Work Ombudsman has secured $44,800 in penalties against the company that operates Coco’s Restaurant in South Perth and a company director for taking adverse action against a pregnant waitress by cancelling and reducing her shifts.
FWO alleges stadium cleaners underpaid
13 Jan 2020
A late-night visit by Fair Work Inspectors to Etihad Stadium (now Marvel Stadium) after a 2017 AFL match has led to legal action against the then Etihad Stadium’s principal cleaning contractor, a sub-contractor and two individual directors.

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