SYDNEY, Australia - A mahjong club has been ordered to pay more than $415,000 (313,000 USD, 28,000 euro) in damages after reducing a full-time worker's hours to part-time after he made a workers' compensation claim.

The Federal Circuit Court found the Sydney business Tiy Loy had breached state and national workplace laws. The business was fined $53,500 and ordered to pay $415,698.55 in compensation.

Tiy Loy in Haymarket was incorporated in 1947 by members of the Yiu Ming Society. It has provided a space for people from the province of Guangdong to play mahjong since1994. The worker, whose role over 18 years included serving tea and cleaning, said he was forced to resign in late 2012 because his hours were reduced after he claimed workers' compensation for a leg injury.

In his decision, Judge Nicholas Manousaridis said Tiy Loy had failed to comply with state wage award and the payment of entitlements including weekend penalty rates. He said Tiy Loy's contravention of the Fair Work Act was serious, deserving a penalty at the "upper end of the scale". It had sacked a worker for claiming lawful workplace entitlements.

(Sydney Morning Herald)


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