Court Bulletin - The Fitness Firm Inc. fined $7,500 for ignoring order to pay

    BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Fitness Firm Inc., operator of a
co-ed gym and fitness centre in Burlington, Ontario, was fined $7,500 on
January 20, 2009 for violating the Employment Standards Act (ESA) by failing
to comply with an order to pay wages owed to former employees of New Attitude
Fitness Firm for Ladies Inc. on Hempstead Drive in Hamilton.
    New Attitude Fitness Firm for Ladies Inc. had closed its facilities on
August 27, 2006 without notice to staff. The Ministry of Labour received
claims from former employees for unpaid wages. The ministry conducted an
investigation and concluded that The Fitness Firm Inc. was considered a
related employer and was responsible for these outstanding wages. An order to
pay for $7,767 was issued to The Fitness Firm Inc. on July 31, 2007 on behalf
of seven former employees who were owed wages.
    The order to pay was paid before the court imposed the sentence. The
company pleaded guilty to failing to comply with an order issued by an
employment standards officer under section 103(8) of the ESA. This was
contrary to section 132 of the Act.
    The fine was imposed by Justice of the Peace L.M. Mills in the Ontario
Court of Justice, Burlington. 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.


                        Court Information at a Glance

    Location:        Ontario Court of Justice
                     2021 Plains Rd. E. Courtroom B2
                     Burlington, Ontario

    Judge:           Justice of the Peace L.M. Mills

    Date:            January 20, 2009

    Defendants:      The Fitness Firm Inc.

    Matter:          Employment Standards Act

    Crown Counsel:   Brian Blumenthal


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For further information:

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

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