TOOWOOMBA radio station 4WK’s parent company has been fined $8500 for underpaying one of its staff at a rate of just $6.66 an hour.
The Federal Magistrate’s Court in Brisbane imposed the penalty against Amalgamated Marketing Pty Ltd, which trades under that name and as radio station 4WK, after being prosecuted by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
The company admitted underpaying a full-time advertising consultant $15,000 over 19 months in 2006 and 2007.
Amalgamated Marketing admitted paying the consultant substantially below the Federal minimum wage and not paying her at all for some hours worked.
The company paid the consultant wages of just $250 a week, or just $6.66 an hour.
The Federal Minimum Wage was $12.75 to $13.74 during the relevant period, the court heard.
After the consultant lodged a complaint, the Fair Work Ombudsman repeatedly asked Amalgamated Marketing to back-pay the employee, but it failed to do so until after legal proceedings commenced earlier this year.
Fair Work Ombudsman Queensland director Julie Wade said the case sent a message to companies that they cannot simply ignore requests to rectify underpayments when they are identified.
“The Fair Work Ombudsman takes its role of protecting workers’ rights seriously and we do not hesitate to pursue companies who fail to respect those rights,” Ms Wade said.
Editor’s note: 4WK is part of the Bill Caralis-owned SuperRadio Network