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Core Precision, Two Directors Fined $200,000 For Failing to Obey Orders to Pay Workers

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Core Precision, Two Directors Fined $200,000 For Failing to Obey Orders to Pay Workers

Convicted: Core Precision Technologies Ltd., operator of a plastic manufacturing plant at 1710 Midland Avenue, Toronto, Ontario and directors Domenic Colitto of Bolton and Edoardo Del Rizzo of Bolton. 

Description of Offence: 58 former employees were owed about $400,000 for unpaid wages and vacation pay; the amount owed to these employees ranged from between $2,400 to $32,000. The defendants failed to comply with orders to pay  when ordered to do so by an employment standards officer.

Date of Offence: In May 2009, orders to pay were issued to the company for about $490,000. In July 2009, orders to pay were issued to the company's directors, Domenic Colitto and Edoardo Del Rizzo, for about $425,000. The orders to pay were not appealed and were not paid.

Date of Sentencing: December 18, 2019.

Penalty Imposed:

  • The company and its directors pleaded guilty and were fined a total of $200,000 in provincial offences court in Old City Hall, Toronto, by Justice of the Peace Ajit Grewal; Crown Counsel Line Forestier.
  • The court also 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.

Background:

  • Failing to comply with an order to pay is a contravention of section 103(8) of the Employment Standards Act and an offence under section 132 of the act; an additional offence was committed under section 137(1) of the act.
  • Prior to sentencing the company and directors paid about $190,000 towards the orders to pay. The company still owes about $255,000 to employees.
  • The company was fined $100,000 and the two directors were each fined $50,000 for failing to comply with the orders to pay.
  • In addition to the fines, the company and directors are required to pay the balance owed on the orders to pay.
  • About $3,600 was collected in separate garnishments in November 2009 and February 2010.

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