Man jailed, fined for not paying employees

Jonathan Jenkins, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:03 PM ET

TORONTO - The director of six different companies has been sent to jail and given a hefty fine for not paying his workers.

Steven Blondin was fined $280,000 and ordered to serve 90 days in jail. He was also ordered to pay $125,000 in wages owed to 61 employees and a victim surcharge, the Ontario ministry of labour said in a news release.

“If there is anyone else out there who feel that he or she is owed wages or has had their employment rights violated, we strongly encourage them to file a claim with us,” ministry spokesman William Lin said.

The ministry said Blondin and the companies pleaded guilty in October 2011 to failing to comply but were sentenced Nov. 1.

So far, 61 employees of six different firms filed claims with the ministry saying they weren’t paid between March 2007 and October 2009.

The ministry actually issued 113 orders to Blondin between February 2008 and April 2010 telling him to pay but he never did.

The companies include Steven’s Inc. of Orangeville, Axcea International Inc. of Toronto, Automotive Containment Solutions Inc. of Concord, Automotive CSI Inc. of Richmond Hill, Automotive CSI — Alliston Inc., and Automotive CSI — Newmarket Inc.

Lin said all the companies were involved with “quality assurance and assembly.”


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