Walkers eateries face 15 charges after failing to pay wages

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has charged a London restaurant owner accused of not paying wages by former employees.

A total of 20 claims have been filed against both restaurant locations between December 2017 and December 2018

Walkers Restaurant at 223 Wellington Street. The location was closed on Thursday due to hydro issues, read a note on the front door. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

The Ontario Ministry of Labour has charged a London restaurant owner accused of not paying wages by former employees.

On Feb. 22, a ministry employment standards officer issued a total of 11 charges against Walkers Restaurant at 223 Wellington St. and Robbie Walkers Fish and Chips located at Sherwood Forest Mall, 1225 Wonderland Rd. N.

The business has been ordered to pay $10,798.02 as a result of the charges in relation to Section 103 of the Employment Standards Act, which implies the employer owed wages.

The restaurant owner, Robert Pouliot, was charged with four counts of failing to comply with orders to pay.

He has been ordered to pay an additional $8,244.34.

A total of 20 claims have been filed against both restaurant locations between December 2017 and December 2018.

Generally, if an order is neglected, a company could be fined more than $100,000 and an individual could be fined up to $50,000 and/or a year of jail time.

Robbie Walkers Fish and Chips located inside Sherwood Forest Mall at 1225 Wonderland Road North. Pouliot, who was working inside on Thursday, refused to comment to CBC about the charges. (Hala Ghonaim/CBC)

Owner silent about charges

On Wednesday CBC News contacted Pouliot, who was unavailable for comment.

The following day, CBC News visited Pouliot at his Wonderland Road restaurant, where he refused to comment.

The charges have not been proven in court.

Hunter J. Healy, a former employee, said he's "glad" charges have been laid.

"[Pouliot] screwed a bunch of people over," Healy told CBC News.

Healy was owed more than $300 in wages from when he was employed in November 2018. He wasn't paid until December, when a lawyer got involved in his case.

Pouliot is scheduled to appear in court on March 11 in London.

In the meantime, both restaurant locations continue to operate.