Restaurant fined after charging worker for job

The owners of a Chinese restaurant have been ordered to pay more than $45,000 in fines and compensation, after charging a man for his job.

The Employment Relations Authority says the company also made the student stump up his own PAYE - but gave him no wages.

The man was employed as a chef at China Grill Cafe and Restaurant in Auckland.

The owners asked him for $8,000 as a "donation," and a few weeks later came back for another five thousand.

He says he wasn't paid for the first three months, then irregularly after that - but if he complained his work permit was threatened.

The man also gave the restaurant more than $800 to cover his PAYE.

Ultimately he was told to take some time off, and when he returned, the business was closed.

The ERA says the chef appears to have been exploited because of his immigration status.

It hopes the penalties will act as a deterrent.

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