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Food court forks out for law breaches

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/09/2016

Workers at a food court on Auckland's North Shore will get more than $127,000 owed to them after their employers breached employment law.

The five cleaners at Food City in the Northcote Shopping Centre missed out on holiday pay and were only paid the minimum wage for 40 of the 60 hours they worked each week.

The payments of the wage arrears came after an investigation by the Labour Inspectorate, and the company was also hit with a $37,5000 penalty from the Employment Relations Authority.

"It's really disappointing to see this level of non-compliance where the employer has just completely failed to meet the clear expectations set out in New Zealand's employment law," said Labour Inspectorate regional manager David Milne.

"Pleading ignorance is no excuse - providing employees with at least the minimum wage, holiday pay, and written employment agreements are basic obligations which we expect every employer in New Zealand to meet."

He said the Chinese workers were permanent residents but were taken advantage of because they were older, did not speak English and were not aware of their rights.

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