Corey says he’s forced into legal action to get his pay
A WOOMYBE man has begun legal proceedings to recoup unpaid wages from his first job.
Corey Blinco is back to square one in his job hunt and out of pocket for a month's wages after his employer struggled to pay him on time.
The 20-year-old was excited to start his first job at Coastal Laundry Services after his two-year search.
Being diagnosed with spina bifida and mild cerebral palsy has been a hurdle to finding employment, but he enjoyed his new position folding and sorting laundry.
Mr Blinco started work at the Kunda Park business on February 27 and was paid for week one.
Pay for week two came eight days late. Mr Blinco says he hasn't seen a cent since March 20.
He left the position on April 11, fed up with not being paid for his work.
Mr Blinco has started proceedings with the Fair Work Ombudsmen to recoup his wages.
He was given pay slips each week by his employer, who simply referred to herself to The Daily as "Mary", however, he claims he was never paid for the work performed.
A Fair Work Australia spokeswoman said under workplace laws, employers were obliged to pay employees for the work they performed.
Mary said she would pay Mr Blinco.
"I decreased his hours to the point where I couldn't afford him at all," she said.
"I will be paying him, but we are a struggling business at the moment operating on a real skeleton staff.
"At the time he started we had lost a few big customers and it got to a point where I couldn't handle having him on anymore.
"I myself am chasing money from customers to get bills paid and clear wages."
Mr Blinco said after weeks of calling and asking about his unpaid wages, he lodged legal documents last week as a last resort.
"It has been really disappointing, I was excited to get this job and I was enjoying it," Mr Blinco said.
"Every time I'd try and ask her about pay stuff Mary was too busy to talk.
"I sort of wish I didn't take the job in the first place.
"I do feel sorry for Mary because she's a mum too and working fulltime and struggling, but I have to think of me this time."