The FWO alleges the three companies, without reasonable excuse, failed to comply with the compliance notices, which required them to calculate and back pay the workers’ entitlements. It is alleged Ms Karagiozis was involved in the contraventions.
FWO Sandra Parker said the regulator would continue to enforce workplace laws and take businesses to court where lawful requests are not complied with.
“Where employers do not comply, we will take appropriate action to protect employees. A court can order a business to pay penalties in addition to back paying workers,” Ms Parker said.
“Any employees with concerns about their pay or entitlements should contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free assistance.”
The FWO is seeking penalties. GR St Kilda Pty Ltd, Souvlaki GR Ormond Pty Ltd and Souvlaki GR Thornbury Pty Ltd each face a penalty of up to $33,300 for allegedly failing to comply with a compliance notice.
In addition, Ms Karagiozis faces penalties of up to $6,660 per breach for her alleged involvement in failing to comply with three compliance notices.
The regulator is also seeking orders for the companies to comply with the compliance notices, which include calculating and rectifying the alleged underpayments in full, plus superannuation and interest.
A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit and Family Court in Melbourne on 8 August 2022.