The mortgage broker is accused of paying a 26-year-old Filipino nanny just over $ 2 an hour to work in his $ 2.3 million Sydney apartment – and giving her only two days off a year
- A Sydney businessman and his wife are accused of underpaying a Filipino nanny
- She reportedly received $ 2.33 an hour and worked up to 106 hours a week
- Supposedly two days off during her employment from May 2016 to May 2017
- Her job was to look after two children, to cook, to clean and to work in the garden
The fair labor Ombudsman claims Kit Antony (Tony) Lam (pictured) underpaid the 26-year-old nanny
A Sydney mortgage broker and his wife were said to have let their Filipino nanny work in their $ 2.3 million apartment for just over $ 2 an hour for up to 106 hours a week, giving her just two days off in one Year there.
Now the Ombudsman for Fair Work is persecuting the couple for more than $ 155,000 in unpaid wages in accordance with Australian labor laws.
In a lawsuit filed with the federal court on Tuesday, the fair labor Ombudsman claims that Kit Antony (Tony) Lam underpaid the 26-year-old nanny, did not pay her penalty fees, and asked her to work all between 88 and 106 hours a week from May 2016 to May 2017.
The ombudsman claims that Lam's wife Ming Wei (Tiffanie) Tong was also involved.
The nanny was allegedly hired by agents for Mr. Lam from the Philippines and lived with him, his wife and two children in the Sydney business district.
The nanny was reportedly hired by agents for Mr. Lam of the Philippines and lived with him in an apartment (building shown) and his wife and two children in the Sydney business district
The statement of claim states that her duties included cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, bathing, dressing, feeding and looking after two children. Pictured: the apartment
The statement of claim states that her duties included cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, gardening, bathing, dressing, feeding and looking after two children.
She was expected to work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and only had two days off a year – one in October and one in April.
For all of this, she received 40,000 Philippine pesos a month, which over 12 months totaled AUD $ 12,574, the Ombudsman claims.
Averaged over the child's alleged hours, this means that she is only paid $ 2.33 an hour.
The ombudsman says the woman is entitled to at least $ 17.29 to $ 18.91 per hour and up to $ 37.82 for overtime.
"We claim that the worker was vulnerable to exploitation in this case because she was new to Australia, lived with Mr. Lam and his family and did not know what rights she had at work," said Sandra Parker, Fair Work Ombudsman, in a statement on Wednesday.
"The scale of the alleged underpayments and inadequate working hours are worrying."
The Ombudsman requests that Mr. Lam make additional payments to the nanny plus interest and that fines be imposed.
AAP tried to ask Mr. Lam for a comment.
She was expected to work from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends and only had two days off a year – one in October and one in April
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