I’m sure most of you readers know someone who has been “stiffed” by the a boss who did not pay wages owed. It happens all the time.
Here in Nova Scotia, employees (usually they become ex-employees) can go to the Dept of Labour’s Labour Standards branch which tries to recover their lost wages.
Drum roll please!
Here for the first time I know of, an employer was sentenced to 30 days in jail. The employer, Luai Namo, is the owner of a numbered company, 674841 Ontario Inc., which runs 5 convenience stores attached to Shell gas stations in Scarborough, Ontario. 14 store clerks were not paid a total of $46,537. Twelve out of the fourteen earned minimum wage. In Ontario, minimum wage is $11.40 an hour.
In addition to paying $46,537, Namo also had to pay $84,000 in fines — $6,000 for each of 14 counts.
To read more see the excellent blog Niagara-at-Large: https://niagaraatlarge.com/2017/08/21/ontario-company-director-receives-jail-sentence-fines-for-failure-to-pay-wages-to-convenience-store-employees/