Brisbane 7-Eleven store ‘underpaid staff’

7-elevenA 7-Eleven store in Brisbane has been accused of underpaying 12 workers more than $80,000 over a year.

The staff, including international students, from the store at West End were allegedly paid as little as $13 an hour.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges franchisee Sheng-Chieh Lo short-changed workers a total of $82,611 in the year to September 2014.

It is alleged that Lo tried to conceal the underpayments by creating false employment records.

Lo allegedly made false entries into the 7-Eleven head office payroll system.

He allegedly also knowingly provided false time-and-wage records to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

When Fair Work inspectors confronted Lo with evidence of the underpayments, he provided bank records to indicate he had back-paid the employees, according to documents filed with the Federal Circuit Court.

It is alleged that these documents were false or misleading because they did not show that many of the employees had allegedly repaid those amounts to Lo.

7-Eleven is facing a national inquiry into allegations of underpayments and false record keeping.

Nine stores are now facing legal action, including the operator of two Brisbane CBD stores, who fronted court earlier this month.

A final report from the Ombudsman is expected in the next few months.


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