Employee threatened with $ 10,000 fake rape accusation after complaining about putting in long hours for low wages
- The migrant worker's visa only allowed him to work at a sports bar in Auckland
- He filed a complaint against exploitation by the then owners of the bar
- The owner's staff said: & # 39; We can make problems for you, we've done it before & # 39;
- Threatened to find a woman and pay her $ 10,000 to falsely accuse him of rape
- One person was convicted of blackmail in March, but appealed the decision
- Employee has resubmitted his complaint – but only after the bar was sold to new owners
A bar staff in Auckland was threatened with being charged with rape if he did not lodge a complaint against payment for unpaid work.
Labor migrant Amrit Pal Singh had a visa that limited him to working at only one sports bar in Auckland, whose name was won because of legal advice.
He started working in January 2013, but soon noticed that he was forced to work excessive hours with little compensation.
Employees of migrant worker Amrit Pal Singh threatened to pay a woman $ 10,000 to make a false rape charge against him if he does not withdraw a complaint to the Employment Relations Authority about poor working conditions, an ERA decision said
Singh filed a complaint with the Employment Relations Authority in June 2014 about his treatment by the bar's owners, who asked for payment of his extra hours.
Two months later a drunk woman attacked him in the bar where he worked and was arrested by the police.
Her daughter begged him not to file a complaint, and Mr. Singh agreed, but he told his employer about the incident.
Two weeks later, two people from his former employer's companies threatened to cause problems for Mr. Singh and to put him in rape if he did not withdraw his complaint, said a recent decision by the Employment Relations Authority (ERA).
One of the suspects, whose names cannot be published due to a provisional court ruling, told him that the drunken woman's attack was evidence that he was not fair and accused him of theft, the decision said.
The defendant told Mr. Singh that they were willing to track down the woman and offer her $ 10,000 to say he had raped her, the decision said.
Caught by his work visa, which allowed him to work on only one specific sports bar in Auckland that cannot be named for legal reasons, Singh tried to resubmit his complaint after the bar was sold to new owners. Stock photo.
They said they could make trouble for him and have done it to other people, the decision said.
The two suspects produced a letter to resolve his complaint and the employment investigation against the bar's owners, and told Mr. Singh to sign it, the decision said.
A week later, one of the defendants stood in front of Mr. Singh in the office at the bar until he typed and sent an email withdrawing his complaint, the decision said.
One of the two defendants was acquitted of blackmail in Auckland on March 29.
The other was convicted for blackmail in Auckland on March 29 and sentenced to 10 months in house arrest, but appeals against the conviction.
When the bar was sold to new owners after 2014, Mr. Singh again filed his complaint.
ERA member Tania Tetitaha allowed Mr. Singh to reopen his complaint in a determination expressed last Friday.
& # 39; There is sufficient evidence to demonstrate that the applicant has withdrawn the procedure through illegal means, including threats, unless he has complied with it, & # 39; she said.
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