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Melbourne barista wins $29,061 in back pay

  • A Melbourne barista has been back-payed $29,061 in a fair work ruling
  • The cafe worker had been ripped off by up to $5 an hour for three years
  • A Melbourne tradesman was also  reimbursed $8,595 for leave entitlements

A Melbourne barista has been back-paid $29,061 after they were short-changed by their employer.

The barista who worked at a Campbellfield cafe discovered they had been ripped off by up to $5 an hour for three years.

The worker was paid between $17 and $19 an hour instead of $23.74 and did not receive penalty rates on weekends and public holidays.

A Melbourne barista (stock photo) has been back-paid $29,061 after discovering they had were short-changed up to $5 an hour for three years

The Fair Work Ombudsman ruled on the case Wednesday, as well as that of a Melbourne tradie.

The tradesman in Reservoir was reimbursed $8,595 after his employer failed to pay him any annual and long service leave entitlements when he resigned.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James put both businesses on notice and said any future workplace law breaches could lead to a lawsuit.

Ms James also said workers also needed to be better informed about their entitlements.

‘These breaches resulted from a lack of understanding of workplace laws on the part of the two employers,’ Ms James said.

‘(This) highlights the importance of employers getting informed about their workplace obligations.’

The worker was paid between $17 and $19 an hour instead of $23.74 and did not receive penalty rates on weekends and public holidays (stock photo)

The worker was paid between $17 and $19 an hour instead of $23.74 and did not receive penalty rates on weekends and public holidays (stock photo)

A tradesman in Reservoir was also reimbursed $8,595 after his employer failed to pay him any annual and long service leave entitlements after he resigned (stock photo)

A tradesman in Reservoir was also reimbursed $8,595 after his employer failed to pay him any annual and long service leave entitlements after he resigned (stock photo)

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