Spa and Director Fined $17,000 Total For Ignoring Orders to Pay

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Spa and Director Fined $17,000 Total For Ignoring Orders to Pay

Ministry of Labour

Newmarket, ON - Equinox Centre For Natural Health Inc., a Newmarket Spa, was fined $12,000 for violating the Employment Standards Act by ignoring orders to pay wages. Fred Phillips, the company's director, was fined $5,000 in relation to the same violation.

On November 1, 2006, four former spa employees filed claims with the Ministry of Labour for wages owing to them after their termination. An Employment Standards officer determined that the company owed its former employees $4,714.13 in total and issued four orders to pay wages. The company never complied with the orders.

Equinox Centre For Natural Health Inc. was found guilty of four counts of failing to comply with an order issued by an Employment Standards officer. In addition to the $12,000 fine, the court ordered the company to pay its former employees $4,714.13 in outstanding wages.

Fred Phillips was found guilty of four counts of permitting the company to ignore an order issued by an Employment Standards officer and fined $5,000.

The fines were imposed by Justice of the Peace Carol Seglins. In addition to the fines, the court 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.


Court Information at a Glance

Location:                    Ontario Court of Justice

                                    50 Eagle St. W.

                                    Newmarket, ON

Judge:                         Justice of the Peace Carol Seglins

Date of Sentencing:   May 2, 2011

Defendants:               Equinox Centre For Natural Health Inc.

                                  Fred Phillips

Matter:                       Employment Standards

Conviction:                 Employment Standards Act, Section 103(8)

                                   Employment Standards Act, Section 137(1)

Crown Counsel:         Jason Tam


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