Woodstock Tow Company Handed ESA Fine

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A Woodstock towing company — 1024877 Ontario Limited, operating as Woody’s Towing — has been fined $10,000 for violating Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, after being ordered to pay wages owing to employees.

Employment standards officers from the Ministry of Labour investigated six separate claims made between 2009 and 2012. Investigators found that amounts ranging from $300 to $3,400 were owing to employees or former employees. Six orders to pay, for a total amount of $8,885.16, plus administration fees, were issued to the employer. When the orders were not complied with, the Ministry of Labour commenced a prosecution.

At the time of sentencing, the amount owing had been paid.

Woody’s Towing pleaded guilty to six counts of failing to comply with an employment standards officer’s order. Convictions were registered for Employment Standards Act Sections 103(8) and 132. Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen levied the fine in Ontario Court of Justice, Woodstock, Dec. 11.

A 25-per-cent victim fine surcharge is added to the fine, as required by the Provincial Offences Act.

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