Melbourne hairdressers facing court over underpayments to young worker

30 September 2013

The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched legal action against the owner-operators of a Melbourne hairdressing salon, alleging they underpaid a young, apprentice hairdresser more than $8,000.

Facing Court are Glen Iris man, Paul Mark Salter, and Caulfield South man George Dimaris, joint owner-managers of the GP Studio salon at the Chadstone shopping centre.

Also facing Court is the men’s company, Cuts Only The Original Barber Pty Ltd, through which they operate the GP Studio salon.

It is alleged that an apprentice hairdresser at the salon was underpaid $8625 between January and November last year.

The employee, aged 20 to 21 at the time, was allegedly underpaid her minimum hourly rate, overtime rates, some annual leave entitlements and penalty rates for weekend and public holiday work.

It is alleged that Mr Salter and Mr Dimaris were aware of the requirement to pay the employee minimum wages as a result of having been made aware of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s assisted voluntary resolution process after an earlier complaint lodged by the employee in 2011.

When the employee lodged a second underpayment complaint late last year, the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated and has now commenced legal action.

The alleged underpayment has now been rectified.

Fair Work Ombudsman, Natalie James, said the large amount involved for a young worker and earlier advice of the need to ensure employees received their minimum entitlements were key factors in the decision to commence legal action.

Mr Salter and Mr Dimaris were allegedly involved in Cuts Only The Original Barber committing multiple breaches of workplace laws. The individuals face maximum penalties of up to $6,600 per breach and the company faces penalties of up to $33,000 per breach.

Employers and employees seeking assistance should visit www.fairwork.gov.au or contact the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94. A free interpreter service is available by calling 13 14 50.

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Media inquiries:

Tom McPherson, Media & Stakeholder Relations
0439 835 855
media@fwo.gov.au

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