Court Bulletin - One Director Faces Jail & Fine, Three Companies Fined For Ignoring Orders To Pay



    TORONTO, July 3 /CNW/ - Three former Toronto-based garment manufacturing
companies and a director were convicted of 12 violations of the Employment
Standards Act in connection with wages owed to nine former employees.
    The employees worked at Unit #4 -159 Bridgeland Ave., Toronto, earning
$9.00 to $10.00 an hour. They filed claims with the Ministry of Labour (MOL)
for unpaid wages. MOL issued to:

    
    -   Swag Merchandising Inc., between April 2004 and September 2005, four
        orders to pay totalling $48,356.43.
    -   Beautiful South Inc., between July and September 2004, two orders to
        pay totalling $40,178.73.
    -   Defunkt Inc., in May 2005, one order to pay $50,522.19.

    Through various collection activities, MOL was able to collect $7,399.57.
    Following trial, Justice of the Peace Milan Then found Swag Merchandising
Inc. guilty of four counts (fined: $100,000), Beautiful South Inc. guilty of
two counts (fined: $70,000) and Defunkt Inc. guilty of one count (fined
$100,000) of:

    -   failing to comply with an order to pay as required by section 103(8)
        of the act. This was contrary to section 132 of the act.

    John Scott MacDonald - director of Beautiful South Inc. was fined $65,000
and sentenced to 30 days in jail on being found guilty of:
    -   one count of failing to comply with an order to pay as required by
        section 103(8) of the act, contrary to section 132 of the act;
    -   two counts of authorizing, permitting or acquiescing in the company's
        failure to comply with an order to pay as requested by section
        103(8). This was contrary to section 137(1) of the act.
    -   two counts of failing to comply with an order to pay issued to him as
        a director as required by section 106 of the act. This was contrary
        to section 136 of the act.

    The court imposed a 25 per cent victim fine surcharge on each fine, 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
                    1530 Markham Rd., Ctrm E6
                    Toronto, Ontario

    Judge:          Justice of the Peace Milan Then

    Date:           June 30, 2008, 1:30 p.m.

    Defendants:     Beautiful South Inc., Swag Merchandizing Inc.,
                    Defunkt Inc., John Scott MacDonald

    Matter:         Employment Standards Act

    Crown Counsel:  Line Forestier

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For further information:

For further information: Bruce Skeaff, Ministry of Labour, (416)
326-7405

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