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Trivago hit with $44.7M penalty for ‘highly misleading’ hotel deals
Competition & Consumer Protection 2022-04-22 10:49 am By Cat Fredenburgh

A judge has slapped Trivago with $44.7 million in penalties for a “startlingly misleading” rankings system used on its travel comparison website which it reaped […]

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Class action’s bid for ‘invasive’ search of Merivale’s payroll data fails
Class Actions 2022-03-31 12:42 pm By Cindy Cameronne

A judge has denied an “invasive” bid to search hospitality giant Merivale’s payroll systems ahead of an upcoming mediation in a $129 million underpayment class […]

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Whitsundays resort owes $430,000 to worker who was urinated on
Employment 2022-03-21 5:07 pm By Cindy Cameronne

The owner of a Whitsundays resort has been ordered to hand over $430,738 to an employee whose roommate in staff accommodation allegedly urinated on him […]

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FWO takes Sushi Bay to court for alleged worker underpayments
Employment 2022-03-03 3:18 pm By Sam Matthews

The Fair Work Ombudsman has commenced legal proceedings against the Sushi Bay group of restaurants and its owner for allegedly underpaying workers to the tune […]

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McDonald’s hit with third lawsuit over unpaid rest breaks
Employment 2022-01-25 9:51 pm By Cindy Cameronne

McDonald’s has been hit with a lawsuit on behalf of 339 employees across four states alleging it systematically failed to give workers paid 10-minute breaks, […]

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Freshii takes Aussie master franchiser to court over unpaid bills
Franchises 2021-12-01 6:05 pm By Miklos Bolza

Canadian fast food restaurant Freshii is suing its Australian master franchiser for alleged “extensive failures” to pay what was owed under the franchising agreement and […]

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In class action defence, Merivale says it shouldn’t be forced to backpay staff
Class Actions 2021-11-24 3:10 pm By Miklos Bolza

Hospitality giant Merivale has streamlined its defence of a $129 million underpayment class action, arguing that it shouldn’t be expected to back pay employees because […]

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Franchisee lawsuit accuses Quest of ‘unfair’ termination tactics
Hospitality 2021-11-15 8:10 pm By Bianca Hrovat

Quest Serviced Apartments is using unfair tactics to unlawfully terminate franchise agreements, according to a lawsuit by a franchisee that is fighting to keep its […]

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Vic government charged with safety breaches over hotel quarantine program
Coronavirus 2021-09-29 4:08 pm By Miklos Bolza

Victoria’s health and safety regulator WorkSafe has filed proceedings against the state government over alleged health and safety breaches relating to last year’s disastrous hotel […]

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Hog’s Breath Cafe says franchisees behind class action ‘crying poor’ to avoid security
Class Actions 2021-09-10 10:16 pm By Bianca Hrovat

Franchisees of Hog’s Breath Cafe restaurant chain have been accused of “crying poor” by claiming COVID-19 robbed their restaurants of the cash flow required to […]

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