MOS Burger Australia Pty Ltd has been caught underpaying current and former workers $1.12 million. After a Fair Work Ombudsman investigation found contraventions of the Fast Food Industry Award 2010.
The 285 workers were underpaid across the company’s six stores in Queensland including Brisbane, Surfers Paradise, Southport, Broadbeach, Mt Gravatt and Sunnybank between 2011 and 2018.
Fair Work Inspectors found that the company had paid unlawfully low flat rates to workers, and misclassified some employees as part-time when they were in fact casuals.
Breaches of workplace laws included failures to pay ordinary hourly rates, casual loadings, and penalty rates for night, weekend and public holiday hours.
Affected workers were employed by MOS Burger to make food, serve customers, and as store supervisors and managers. Many of them were visa holders and young workers.
Individual underpayments ranged from $18 to $31,975. The company has rectified all unpaid wages and superannuation, and paid an additional seven per cent compensation to workers.