The owners of a former Doncaster cafe have been ordered to pay up after failing to pay staff the minimum wage.
HM Revenue and Customs obtained a judgement against Madiha Saher, owner of Cafee Ltd, for failing to pay wage arrears of £1,054.38 to two workers after ceasing trade in early 2012. She was also ordered to pay costs of £182 after a hearing at Northampton County Court.
She had run the cafe in the Frenchgate Centre food hall.
Michelle Wyer, assistant director of national minimum wage for HMRC, said: “Cafee Ltd failed to respond to the evidence presented regarding its failure to pay the national minimum wage and we are pleased the court has made this judgement in their absence. Paying the national minimum wage is not optional, it’s the law and HMRC will pursue all legal avenues available to ensure that everyone entitled to national minimum wage receives it. We want to ensure the rights of vulnerable workers are protected.
“Employers are welcome to approach us at any time for advice through the Pay and Workers Rights Helpline 0800 917 2368, or contact us at any stage during an enquiry to discuss resolution of outstanding issues.”
The case was brought under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998.
The case issued by Northampton County Court required the payment of the arrears within 28 days or further legal action will follow.