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.