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Pizza store slapped with $300,000 fine for paying employee with pizza and soda

By Mason White 3:12 PM June 11, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A pizza store owner of Australia, was slapped with a large fine for paying employees with pizza and soda instead of cash.

The operator of the two La Porchetta restaurants located in Melbourne, who paid more than 100 young workers in pizza and soda has been fined $335,000 by a federal agency.

Ruby Chand was found to have underpaid 111 teenage workers by $250,000 over a period of four years.

The Federal Circuit Court heard how Chand had paid young chefs, waiters and kitchen helpers below the minimum wage.

Several were used in training programs that allowed companies to claim more than $45,000 in benefits from the Commonwealth.

The court was told that Chand had claimed that the employees were given half priced pizza and soda, which was to be balanced against their wages and benefits.

Chand was found guilty of violating employment laws and has been ordered to pay back $79,000 that has not yet been returned voluntarily.

The authorities began investigating La Porchetta franchises after a parent of one of the young workers filed a complaint.