Pay legal action launched

It is alleged employees of the private company across two centres in Perth and one in Sydney were underpaid $70,973 in wages, leave and superannuation entitlements.

Most of the alleged underpayments relate to the Mends Street Medical Centre, where six employees ” a practice manager, receptionist, two nurses and two general practitioners ” were allegedly underpaid $57,983.

It is alleged that the underpayments are the result of the owner’s company ceasing payments to employees in the weeks before it stopped operating all the centres last year.

A directions hearing was listed in the Federal Circuit Court in Sydney yesterday.

In October, the Gazette spoke to one of the medical practitioners at the Mends Street Medical Centre who said multiple requests for payment had been made before the final steps were taken to close the practice.

The centre has since re-opened under a new owner.

Employers and employees seeking assistance should visit fairwork.gov.au or call the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94.