The owner of a collapsed Melbourne marketing company, Naomi-Jayne Aldred, will face court over allegations she did not pay two interns for three months of casual work.
The investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman follows the watchdog’s recent focus onunpaid work and interns.
However, in a blog post on her WordPress website, Aldred had previously spoken about her concerns that internships could turn into a “rort” and urged employers to “stop the free labour and treating your interns like crap”.
Aldred, who owned and operated Nexus Coaching Group before it collapsed into liquidation last year, hired two interns for her marketing company in 2012.
According to the Fair Work Ombudsman, in the advertisement for the role, Aldred suggested the internship would help the candidate break into the marketing industry.
The successful applicants were a 22-year-old Melbourne woman, who had recently completed a university graphic design course, and a 30-year-old international student from Thailand, who was studying for a Master’s degree.