Toronto 2006 – Violations!

Although some may not like that I am deciding to post this…In my continuing thread of workplace violations I dug up the following dirt on some Toronto companies brought to hard justice. (I wanted that to sound like the opening to some COPS show or something…when really the fines aren’t all that huge) It was interesting to see the companies I know, to imagine what it would be like to have some of these things actually happen to you on the job. The following all took place from January 2006 to the latest reporting date of September 2006.

Failed to pay minimum wage.
Peppino’s on the Beach, Wimpy’s Diner, Georgy Porgys Grill & Bar, Ted’s Restaurant

(Failed? It’s low enough already – and I bet they tried to use this logic: “If you don’t want to work for that wage you can go somewhere else.” Unfortunately for them, all their workers weren’t idiots)

Failed to pay overtime.
Kiwi Kick, Patachou Inc., Access Research, M&M Workforce, Country Style

Require or permit hours of work to exceed limits.
Mega Employment Agency, Pack-Smart, Patrolman Security Services, BBM Canada, M&M Workforce, Unique Staffing

(I loved seeing how employment agencies treated their own staff, and also that a security company would have someone working a shift longer than they should. I am certain they were wide awake the whole time! Notice too that one company let the limits be exceeded or demanded that they be exceeded…and then didn’t pay overtime it seems too)

2 Comments so far

  1. talk talk talk (unregistered) on December 23rd, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

    Interesting collection of delinquent employers, Patachou especially since it’s in an upscale neighbourhood and is rather popular.

    I wonder how many companies are caught versus how many routinely violate workplace regulations and get away with it…

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on December 27th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    I have worked for a number of companies that take advantage of employees this way. It’s a lot more prevalent than you would think and it’s not just the small mom-and-pop stores either.

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