Mortgage broker is accused of paying a Filipino babysitter, 26, just over $ 2 per hour to work in his $ 2.3 million Sydney apartment – and only gives her two days off per year
- A businessman from Sydney and his wife are accused of not paying a Filipino nanny
- She is said to have paid $ 2.33 per hour and worked up to 106 hours a week
- Allegedly exempt for two days during her employment from May 2016 to May 2017
- Her work consisted of taking care of two children, cooking, cleaning and gardening
The Fair Work Ombudsman claims Kit Antony (Tony) Lam (photo) underpaid the 26-year-old nanny
A mortgage broker in Sydney and his wife allegedly accommodated their Filipino babysitter in their $ 2.3 million apartment for just over $ 2 per hour for up to 106 hours a week, leaving them only two days off in a whole year.
The Fair Work Ombudsman is now prosecuting the couple for more than $ 155,000 in unpaid wages according to Australian labor laws.
In a claim filed with the federal court on Tuesday, the Ombudsman for fair work claims that Kit Antony (Tony) Lam has underpaid the 26-year-old babysitter, failed to pay her fines, and let her work between 88 and 106 hours. week from May 2016 to May 2017.
The ombudsman claims that Lam's wife, Ming Wei (Tiffanie) Tong, was also involved.
The nanny was reportedly hired from the Philippines by agents for Mr. Lam and lived with him and his wife and their two children in the CBD of Sydney.
The nanny was reportedly hired from the Philippines by agents for Mr. Lam and lived with him in an apartment (building pictured) and his wife and their two children in the CBD of Sydney.
The declaration states, among other things, that cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, bathing, dressing, eating and caring for two children are also mandatory. On the photo: the apartment
The declaration states, among other things, that cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, bathing, dressing, eating and caring for two children are also mandatory.
Allegedly she would work on workdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and she only got two days off per year – one in October and one in April.
For all this, she received 40,000 Philippine pesos paid each month, which amounted to $ 12,574 AUD for more than 12 months, the ombudsman claims.
On average over the alleged hours of the nanny, this comes down to the fact that she has only paid $ 2.33 per hour.
The ombudsman says the woman was entitled to at least between $ 17.29 and $ 18.91 per hour and up to $ 37.82 for overtime.
& # 39; We claim that in this case the employee was vulnerable to exploitation as she was new to Australia, lived with Mr. Lam and his family and did not know what her rights in the workplace were & # 39 ;, said Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker in a statement on Wednesday.
& # 39; The extent of the alleged late payments and unreasonable working hours are worrying. & # 39;
The ombudsman requests Mr Lam to make supplementary payments to the babysitter plus interest and to impose fines.
AAP tried to contact Mr. Lam for comments.
Allegedly she would work on workdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and only got two days off in a year – one in October and one in April
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