Court Bulletin - Amato Pizza fined $120,000 for ignoring orders to pay



    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - 1428284 Ontario Inc. (formerly know as Amato
Pizza), and 1636832 Ontario Inc. also known as M.C.W. & Co., were each fined
$120,000 in the Ontario Court of Justice on October 24, 2008, for numerous
violations of the Employment Standards Act in connection with wages owed to
former employees.
    On September 15, 2008, Justice of the Peace Habte Worku heard that the
Ministry of Labour had investigated claims for unpaid wages and found that the
companies owed approximately $42,000 to six employees who worked for the
companies in 2005. The companies and their directors were issued six orders to
pay. The companies were convicted of six violations each of failing to comply
with orders to pay under section 103(8) of the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
This was contrary to section 132 of the act.
    The company directors were convicted of six counts each of authorizing,
permitting or acquiescing with a contravention of section 103(8) of the
Employment Standards Act. This was contrary to section 137(1) of the act.
    On October 24, 2008, Justice of the Peace Habte Worku, of the Ontario
Court of Justice in Toronto, fined both companies $120,000 each and fined the
company directors $10,000 each.
    In addition to the fine, the court imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine
surcharge on the total, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.  The
surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist
victims of crime.


    
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                        Court Information at a Glance
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    Location:          Ontario Court of Justice
                       850 Coxwell Avenue, 2nd floor
                       Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:             Justice of the Peace Habte Worku

    Date:              October 24, 2008

    Defendants:        Amato Pizza

    Matter:            Employment Standards

    Crown Counsel:     Alexandra Bednar

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