In a raft of allegations against one of the country’s biggest employers, the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) said Coles underpaid 7,812 employees by A$115.2 million ($81.99 million) between January 2017 and March 2020. More than A$108 million was the outstanding amount under the remediation programme, the FWO said, adding that the company also failed to keep proper records of employees’ overtime hours. The FWO was seeking penalties against Coles in the Federal Court for multiple alleged breach of workplace laws, with penalties of up to A$63,000 per breach.

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