Mississauga Company Facing Huge Fine for Not Paying Employees

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A Mississauga-based company is facing a substantial fine for failing to pay workers at Woodbine Mall, a popular shopping and children's amusement centre in nearby Rexdale.

The Ministry of Labour says the the company, Woodbine Mall Holdings Inc., failed to pay wages on the established recurring pay day.

The company is located on Stanfield Road in Mississauga.

The Ministry of Labour says that on Nov. 15, 2017, an employment standards officer conducted an inspection of Woodbine after employees made complaints to the province. The employees alleged that Woodbine was not paying wages on the day they were expected.

The business employs about 140 workers.

During subsequent visits, inspections and requests for payroll records, it was revealed that on or about Nov. 1, 2018, the company failed meet its established recurring pay period and pay day for the period of Oct. 1, 2018 to Oct. 14, 2018.

Specifically, Woodbine failed to meet its payroll date of Oct. 24, 2018.

Employees were paid on Oct. 30, 2018, Nov. 1, 2018 and Nov. 2, 2018 instead of October 24, 2018.

The Ministry says that, on Nov. 1, the company failed to comply with section 11 of the Employment Standards Act.

Following a guilty plea, the company was fined $50,000. The court also imposed a 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

The surcharge is credited to a special provincial government fund to assist victims of crime.

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