Employer caught underpaying foreign students in Australia

underpaying foreign students

A takeaway food joint in Melbourne, Australia has been caught underpaying their foreign workers by $50,000.

A student from Nepal has been underpaid thousands of dollars by her employer in Melbourne. The employer threatened her to stay silent or have her Work Visa cancelled. The 27-year-old Nepali student lodged a complaint with the Fair Work Ombudsman in Australia. She said that she was paid $12 an hour between September 2013 and March 2015. She was paid much lower than what she was entitled to. She also was not paid her due for working on weekends and public holidays.

She was told by her employer, Mr Herscu, that she would be paid less since she was not an Australian. Mr Herscu runs the takeaway joint Health Express.

 When she came in for her interview she was told outright that she could have the job but at lesser pay. While she was paid just $12 an hour, her Australian peers were being paid $20 an hour for the same job.

Another foreign student has also lodged a complaint against Health Express.

31-year-old Indian student had complained that she was underpaid almost $27,000 between June 2010 and March 2015.

Mr Herscu, on being caught, has agreed to pay $50,000 to both the students, as per SBS News.

Natalie James, Fair Work Ombudsman, said employers in Australia cannot underpay the minimum wage entitlement of their employees.

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