The Federal Circuit Court has imposed a $20,000 fine against Wedderburn Petroleum Pty Ltd, which formerly operated a petrol station at 117 High St, Wedderburn, north-west of Bendigo.
The company contravened workplace laws by failing to comply with a Fair Work Commission order to pay $5000 compensation to an employee.
The Commission ordered the compensation payment last year after finding the employee had been unfairly dismissed in 2013, after working as a console operator and manager for more than two and a half years.
The Fair Work Ombudsman made several requests for the company to comply with the Commission’s order, but commenced legal action when it was not able to secure cooperation.
In addition to imposing the penalty, the court has ordered Wedderburn Petroleum to pay the outstanding $5000 compensation.
Wedderburn Petroleum was last year fined $123,915 in Court for underpaying two other console operators a total of almost $50,000. That penalty was also the result of legal action by the Fair Work Ombudsman.