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Former El Caballo owner in court


The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a prosecution against the former owner of El Caballo resort east of Perth for allegedly underpaying three workers more than $6500.

Facing court are Matthew Marinko Pavlinovich and his private company MMP Management Services Pty Ltd.

Through his company, Mr Pavlinovich formerly owned and ran the theme park at Wundowie once well known for its Spanish dancing stallions.

Documents lodged in the Federal Magistrates Court in Perth allege Mr Pavlinovich underpaid three employees at the resort a total of $6533 between January and December 2009.

The ombudsman alleges a stable manager and a gardener at the resort were underpaid $4002 and $2222 respectively in wages and annual leave entitlements.

A function manager was allegedly underpaid $309 in annual leave entitlements.

Industrial inspectors discovered the alleged underpayments after investigating complaints lodged by the three female workers.

The ombudsman alleges the underpayments were rectified only after inspectors made multiple requests for back-payment over several months.

Mr Pavlinovich was allegedly also involved in breaches of workplace laws by MMP Management Services by failing to keep proper employment records, failing to issue pay slips, not paying workers frequently enough and failing to comply with an inspector’s notice to produce employment records.

He and MMP Management Services face maximum penalties per breach of up to $6600 and $33,000 respectively.

A directions hearing is listed for November 4.

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