2011 - 2012 litigation outcomes

April 2012 - June 2012

La Kosta Childcare Centre & Kindergarten & Ors

Date: 29 June 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Whelan
Court: Federal Magistrates Court
Nature of proceedings: Underpayment of wages and entitlements
Penalty: $85,000 (La Kosta Childcare Centre and Kindergarten Pty Ltd) and $17,000 (Kosta Sterjov)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v La Kosta Childcare Centre & Kindergarten & Ors (PDF 12MB)
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Perfume Health Care Pty Ltd and Peng Fei Lin

Date: 29 June 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate O’Dwyer
Court: Federal Magistrates Court
Nature of proceedings: Underpayment
Penalty: $12 650 (Perfume Health Care Pty Ltd) and $2 530 (Peng Fei Lin)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Perfume Health Care Pty Ltd and Peng Fei Lin (PDF 847.6KB)
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True Blue (SA) Pty Ltd

Date: 21 June 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Simpson
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Adelaide
Nature of proceedings: Underpayment of wages, Failure to maintain adequate employment records and Failure to comply with Notice to Produce
Penalty: $51 975 (True Blue (SA) Pty Ltd) $4125 (Filomeno Rillotta)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v True Blue (SA) Pty Ltd (PDF 288.6KB)

Maclean Bay Pty Ltd & Wendy Wells

Date: 31 May 2012
Judge: Justice Marshall
Court: Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Sham contracting
Penalty: $294 360
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Maclean Bay Pty Ltd & Wendy Wells (PDF 556.2KB)
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Offshore Marine Services (OMS) Pty Ltd

Date: 17 May 2012
Judge: Justice Gilmour
Court: Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, Perth
Nature of Proceedings: Freedom of association
Penalty: $7500
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Offshore Marine Services (OMS) Pty Ltd (PDF 576KB)
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MMP Management Services Pty Ltd & Anor

Date: 16 May 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Perth
Nature of proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Penalty: $23 100
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v MMP Management Services Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 1.7MB)
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JDAC Pty Ltd and David James Hoskins

Date: 15 May 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Burnett
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Brisbane
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Penalty: $9000
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Finetune Holdings Pty LtdDate: 11 May 2012

Court: Court of Australia, Perth
Nature of proceedings: Failure to comply with Notice to Produce
Penalty: $1650 (Mr Rechichi)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Finetune Holdings Pty Ltd (PDF 1.2MB)
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Ibrahim (Abraham) Ramadan and Tiger Telco Pty Ltd

Date: 9 May 2012
Judge: Justice Bromberg
Court: Federal Court of Australia, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Discrimination
Penalty: $5940
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Ramadan (Tiger Telco) (PDF 2.8MB)
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Raymond James Bird

Date: 27 April 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Smith
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Penalty: $11 000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Raymond James Bird (PDF 1.1MB)
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Gavin Francis Sheehan t/as Greenvale Rose Farm

Date: 24 April 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate O'Sullivan
Court: Federal Magistrates’ Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment, Time and Wages Records
Penalty: $11 880
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Gavin Francis Sheehan (PDF 271KB)
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Henna Group Pty Ltd, Sahil Rasul & Bulbula Amin

Date: 2 April 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Riethmuller
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Penalty: $220 000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Henna Group Pty Ltd, Sahil Rasul and Bulbula Amin (PDF 138.8KB)
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Taj Palace Tandoori Indian Restaurant Pty Ltd and Nathi Singh Rawat

Date: 30 March 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Riethmuller
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Penalty: $72 000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Taj Palace Tandoori Indian Restaurant Pty Ltd and Nathi Singh Rawat (PDF 442KB)
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January 2012 - March 2012

Employer: John Mineeff (Villtruck Pty Ltd in liquidation)

Date: 27 March 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Barnes
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Sham contracting, Non-payment of annual leave upon termination and Record-keeping
Penalty: $13 024.00
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v John Mineeff (PDF 261KB)
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SH Millicent (Sportsmans Hotel)

Date: 15 March 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Simpson
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Adelaide
Nature of proceedings: Wages and Conditions
Penalty: $55 900
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v S H Millicent Pty Ltd & Others (PDF 1.2MB)
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Blacklight Investments Pty Ltd

Date: 2 March 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Court: Federal Magistrates' Court, Perth
Nature of proceedings: Wages and conditions
Penalty: $16 299.50
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Blacklight Investments Pty Ltd (PDF 1.4MB)
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Employer: Proplas Industries Pty Ltd and Brendan Leppard

Date: 2 March 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Parth
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions and Failure to comply with Notice to Produce
Penalty: $75 900 (Proplas), $17 820 (Leppard)
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Proplas Industries Pty Ltd & Brendan Leppard (PDF 1.5MB)
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Employer: Garfield Berry Farm Pty Ltd & Anor

Date: 24 February 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate Riley
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayments and failure to comply with notices to produce documents
Penalty: $11,550 (Maria Doherty)
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Garfield Berry Farm Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 279KB)
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Employer: Promoting U Pty Ltd & Sebastian Boi

Date: 3 February 2012
Judge: Magistrate Burchardt
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayments
Penalty: $65 000 for the company and $13 000 for Boi
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Promoting U Pty Ltd & Sebastian Boi (PDF 696KB)
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Employer: Wongtas Pty Ltd (in liquidation)

Date: 2 February 2012
Judge: Justice Cowdroy
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Workplace rights and discrimination
Amount to employee: $2 207.42
Penalty: $23 760
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Wongtas Pty Ltd (PDF 594.4KB)
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Employer: Reacta Staffing Solutions Pty Ltd, Mark Vincent Gulifa and Doreen Mifsud

Date: 2 February 2012
Judge: Federal Magistrate O’Dwyer
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: underpayment
Penalty: $31 680
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Reacta Staffing Solutions Pty Ltd (PDF 739.6KB)


October 2011 - December 2011

Employer: Chamdale Pty Ltd t/as Hungry Jack’s Bendigo

Date: 23 December 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Hartnett
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Melbourne
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Amount of Underpayment: $104 946.87
Penalty: $46 200
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Chamdale (PDF 835.7KB)
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Employer: Robert Francis

Date: 19 December 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Smith
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of proceedings: Wages and conditions
Penalty: $8000
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Robert Francis  (PDF 724.1KB)
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Employer: Rosario Pucci

Date: 16 December 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Emmett
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Amount of Underpayment: $3468.78
Penalty: $4400
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Rosario Pucci (PDF 705KB)
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Employer: National Jet Systems Pty Ltd

Date: 9 December 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Perth
Nature of Proceedings: Agreement making and Underpayment
Amount of Underpayment: $123 423.45
Penalty: $96 030
Decisions: Crosthwaite v National Jet Systems Pty Ltd (PDF 1.4MB)
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Respondent: Ron Baruch

Date: 7 December 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Raphael
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Amount of Underpayment: $7060.52
Penalty: $18 000
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Employer: Austy Pty Ltd and Kiyomi Maruoka

Date: 8 November 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Raphael
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Perth
Nature of Proceedings: Wages and conditions
Amount of Underpayment: $16 340.74
Penalty: $23 000 (Austy Pty Ltd) and $2500 (Kiyomi Maruoka)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Austy Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 417.2KB)
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Employer: Ramsey Food Processing & Stuart Ramsey

Date: 19 October 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Buchanan
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Underpayment
Amount of Underpayment: $57 847
Penalty: $115 200
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Ramsey (PDF 1.7MB)
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July 2011 - September 2011

Employer: Orwill Pty Ltd & Ors

Date: 28 September 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lucev
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Perth
Nature of Proceedings: Record-keeping contraventions of the Workplace Relations Regulations 2006
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $28 820 total
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Orwill Pty Ltd (PDF 1.7MB)
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Employer: Australian Shooting Academy Pty Ltd (SA) & Michael Murphy (Director)

Date: 6 September 2011
Judge: Justice Logan
Court: Federal Court, Queensland
Nature of Proceedings: Adverse action, coercion and undue pressure when employer offered IFAs to employees
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $25 000 (Australian Shooting Academy Pty Ltd (ASA) and $5000 (Mr Murphy)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Australian Shooting Academy Pty Ltd (PDF 473KB)
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Employer: Damien Love & Tammy Love

Date: 31 August 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lloyd-Jones
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Fairness Test
Amount of Underpayment: $74 389.05
Penalty: $6000 (Damien Love) and $1000 (Tammy Love)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Love (PDF 4MB)
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Employer: Drivecam Pty Ltd & Ors

Date: 9 August 2011
Judge: Federal Magistrate Emmett
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Discrimination
Amount of Underpayment: 0
Penalty:$3000 (Drivecam Pty Ltd) and $300 (Stanislaus Somers)
Decision: Fair Work Ombudsman v Drivecam Pty Ltd (PDF 1021.4KB)
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Employer: Transport Workers' Union of Australia

Date: 22 July 2011
Judge: Justice Moore
Court: Federal Court, Sydney
Nature of Proceedings: Decision awarding penalties as a result of TWU & Ors engaging in unlawful industrial action by Qantas baggage handlers on 30 March 2009
Amount of Underpayment: N/A
Penalty: $38 000 ($20 000 TWU) (Penalties ordered to be paid to Qantas)
Decision: Qantas Ltd v Transport Workers Union of Australia (PDF 2.8MB)
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Employer: Ballina Island Resort Pty Ltd

Date of Judgement: 1 July 2011
Court: Federal Magistrates Court, Sydney
Judge: Federal Magistrate Lloyd-Jones
Nature of Proceedings: Failure to comply with a Notice to Produce / Time and Wages Records
Penalty: $500 (Ballina Island Resort Pty Ltd)
Decisions: Fair Work Ombudsman v Ballina Island Resort Pty Ltd & Anor (PDF 2.5MB)
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