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Coles accused of underpaying more than 7,500 workers by $115MILLION by Fair Work Ombudsman

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Supermarket giant Coles is accused of underpaying more than 7,500 workers by a staggering $115MILLION – with some staffers allegedly owed almost $500,000 each

  • Coles will face Federal Court accused of not keeping records regarding overtime
  • Fair Work Australia alleges that more than $108 million is owed to employees
  • Alleged the supermarket underpaid 7812 employees between 2017 and 2020 


Supermarket giant Coles is being hauled to court accused of shortchanging more than 7500 workers by $115 million.

The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges Coles underpaid 7812 employees between January 2017 and March 2020, some of them by up to $471,647.

Most of the underpayments, totalling $115.2 million, relate to overtime entitlements for salaried managers at supermarkets and liquor stores in each state and territory.

Coles will face Federal Court over allegations they improperly kept records containing details of employee overtime (stock image)

Coles will face Federal Court over allegations they improperly kept records containing details of employee overtime (stock image)

Forty-five managers were allegedly short-changed by more than $100,000 each.

Coles will face the Federal Court accused of unlawfully failing to keep proper records including related to employees’ overtime hours.

“Businesses paying annual salaries cannot take a ‘set-and-forget’ approach to paying their workers,” Fair Work Ombudsman Sandra Parker said on Thursday.

“Employers must ensure wages being paid are sufficient to cover all minimum lawful entitlements for the hours their employees are actually working and the work they are actually doing.”

The legal action stems from Coles’ disclosure last year to the Australian Securities Exchange it was reviewing the pay of award-covered and salaried employees.

It is accused of significantly underestimating how much money employees were owed. Fair Work said more than $108 million remained outstanding.

Coles faces penalties of up to $63,000 per breach proven.

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