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Auckland retailers fined for intimidation

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/01/2017

Three Auckland Indian clothing retailers have been forced to pay $60,000 for intimidating past employees.

Khoobsurat Colections/Naari Collections directors Neelam Ahuja and Chirag Ahuja, and officer Rhythm Ahuja were each ordered to pay $20,000 after an investigation by the Employment Relations Authority.

The directors were additionally found to be liable for more than $68,000 in unpaid wages and holiday pay owned by their companies.

The ERA found the trio was responsible for subjecting two previous employees under pressure in connection with the ERA wage investigation.

"Safety is paramount and witnesses need to feel confident in coming forward so that the Labour Inspectorate can take action against unscrupulous employers who continue to take advantage of workers," Labour Inspectorate regional manager Loua Ward said.

"It is in the public interest to impose penalties that not only punish employers who attempt to obstruct judicial processes, but also act as a deterrent to others who may contemplate engaging in such abhorrent behaviour."

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