Significant fines for exploitation of Tasmanian hospitality workers

Two Malaysian workers of Chinese descent in Australia on temporary visas were deliberately exploited, underpaid and discriminated against by a Tasmanian hotel operator because of their race, a Federal Circuit Court judge has ruled. As a result of court action the hotel manager has been fined $211,000

The workers were deliberately targeted for employment due to their Chinese / Malay background, their vulnerability and poor language skills. The hotel manager who is also of Chinese descent referred to them as 'family'  required them to work long hours six days a week whilst underpaying them.

The landmark outcome of action by the Fair Work Ombudsman's  described as "an uncomfortable truth" about the exploitation of migrant workers on 457 visas.

Sonja DuncanComment