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Chinese restaurant owner fined for employing staff with no valid work permits

Pattaya Chinese Restaurant
Pattaya Chinese Restaurant

A CHINESE restaurant in Dublin has been fined €3,000 for employing staff with no valid work permits.

Pattaya Chinese Restaurant Ltd pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to breaking the Employment Permits Act at their premises at Ninth Lock Road in Clondalkin.

Judge John O'Neill heard an inspector from the Workplace Relations Commission visited the restaurant on Nov. 14, 2014 and saw people working in the kitchen. One of them was a woman who did not have a work permit.

The restaurant owners were warned this was against the law, however, during an another inspection, in August 2015, a chef there was also unable to provide proof he had permission to work in the State.

The restaurant also failed to keep satisfactory records on employees, the court heard.

The court was told the company had no prior criminal convictions and its owners, who are aged in their 60s and 80s, have been in business for ten years. They understood they had a flawed business model but are trying to bring things up to an acceptable standard.

Judge John O'Neill took into account defence mitigation pleas and the lack of prior convictions. He spared the restaurant company maximum fines which would have totalled €10,500.