A Fremantle hairdressing salon has been fined more than $7000 for underpaying two employees more than $9000 between 2011 and 2013.
The Industrial Magistrates Court found that Maurizio Raffa, who owned the Amore for Hair salon, to have underpaid a junior apprentice hairdresser $7,300.05 and a senior hairdresser $2,025.72.
Raffa was fined $5830 for underpaying the apprentice and a further $1570 for underpaying the senior hairdresser.
The court found Raffa had paid the 15-year-old apprentice below the minimum lawful award rate for the entire two-year period of her engagement and had also failed to pay the apprentice for tool allowance and annual leave loading.
Compliance and Education Director with the state government’s Labour relations agency, Joseph Lee, said it was extremely disappointing to see an employer fail to pay appropriate rates to a vulnerable young person.
“The rates paid to an apprentice are already low compared to those paid to other employees”, Mr Lee said.
Both workers did not receive any payment for a two week period of work they performed for Raffa in May 2013.
The Industrial Magistrates Court also ordered that Raffa pay interest of $1,557.62 to the apprentice and $349.62 to the senior hairdresser as well as costs of $430.00.
“In the end it has cost the employer far more than if he had simply paid the employee correctly at the appropriate time,” Mr Lee said.