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Cleaner awarded back wages

September 18, 2013

CHRISTCHURCH, NZ — A Baptist Church has been court ordered to pay more than $6,000 in back wages after failing to pay one of its cleaners fully on a regular basis, according to MSN News.

Since 2011, minimum wage cleaner Bernie Yeatman was underpaid or paid late on several occasions by Shoreline Cleaning Services, the article stated.

According to the article, Yeatman was told by Shoreline that he could not be paid as the company was not being paid by the client that Yeatman worked for, Red Bus Limited.

However, when Yeatman asked Red Bus to pay his bosses, Red Bus said it was paying Shoreline promptly, the article noted.

During an Employment Relations Authority hearing, ERA member Christine Hickey found that Yeatman had been “unjustifiably constructively dismissed and was unjustifiably disadvantaged during his employment,” the article added.

"Non-payment of wages on time can never be justified," said Hickey.

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