Perth Waitress Says Her Shifts Were Cancelled Over Pregnancy
Swanky South Perth restaurant Coco’s is facing legal action over a pregnant employee who was allegedly told she looked “disgusting”.
It’s alleged that the director of the restaurant’s parent company Jewel Bay, Abdel Wahid Tajeddine, allegedly breached the Fair Work Act shortly after the waitress informed him of her pregnancy in April 2017.
The Fair Work Ombudsman alleges that it was then the waitress began to notice her shifts began to shorten or be cancelled altogether.
In a statement by the FWO, the following allegations – all have said to have occurred in July 2017 - have also been made:
The waitress, visibly pregnant, was allegedly told by a supervisor to go home from work because she “looks disgusting”.
The waitress’ shift was allegedly cancelled because of reasons related “to the effect of her pregnancy on her appearance and ability to perform her duties”.
Jewel Bay is facing fines of up to $63,000 for each incident, while Mr Tajeddine faces penalties of up to $12,600 for each occasion.