Perth baker ripped off driver $18k, Ombudsman says

Perth bakery underpaid delivery driver almost $18,000, workplace watchdog alleges

A Perth bakery has been charged with underpaying a delivery driver almost $18,000 in casual loading and overtime rates.

The Western Australian Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Efes Bakery also withheld early start premiums from the driver between 2006 and 2008.

The driver was employed on a casual basis by the Washpool-based bakery and paid between $60 and $65 per shift regardless of the number of hours he worked, the Ombudsman claims.

Court documents filed by the watchdog allege the bakery failed to maintain proper time and wages records for the man and deliberately made false or misleading entries in its records.

To date Efes has repaid the employee in question more than $7,000 of the money owed, but according to Fair Work Ombudsman Director Leigh Quealy has reneged on the remainder of the payments.

Quealy says the decision was made to prosecute Efes due to the significant amount of money involved and says the Ombudsman will seek penalties against Efes.

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