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Snap Fitness franchisee allegedly underpaid worker

Snap Fitness franchisee allegedly underpaid worker

A Snap Fitness franchisee in Sydney is facing a penalty of up to $31,500 for allegedly underpaying a casual receptionist.

The Fair Work Ombudsman has taken action in the Federal Circuit Court against Leo Fitness Pty Ltd, a franchisee for Snap Fitness outlets at locations including Zetland and at Skyview Shopping Plaza on George St in the Sydney CBD.

The action relates to alleged underpayments of a casual receptionist.

A Fair Work inspector issued a compliance notice in March, believing the company failed to pay the worker, then aged 21, any wages for about two months of casual work between May and July last year at the Zetland and CBD outlets.

The inspector believed the employee had been underpaid her minimum wages, Saturday penalty rates and casual loadings under the Fitness Industry Award 2010.

The Fair Work Ombudsman is seeking a penalty against Leo Fitness Pty Ltd and a court order that it comply with the notice it issued in March to rectify any underpayments, plus interest.

A directions hearing is listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney in October.

Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said the regulator would protect employees and take businesses to court when lawful requests were not complied with.