A woman who lost her job as a maid after getting caught up in a corruption case has been ordered to repay more than $1.5 million.
In a ruling released on Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Taylor said Ms Chappell had not paid back her wages and had failed to prove her claim of “unfair competition” under the Fair Work Act.
The judge said Ms Phipps compensation had been “excessive” and that her conduct had damaged the business and its reputation.
Ms Phiggles salary was about $200 a week, compared with $150 a week paid by her employers.
The business, known as the Laundromat, has been in business since 1997.
It was bought out by a private equity group in 2006.
Ms Taylor said the company had “lack of experience in the commercial, retail and hospitality sectors” and was not in a position to compete in the current market.
She said Ms Rhys was not entitled to compensation for the cost of buying and running the business, which had cost her more than a million dollars.
Ms Rhy, who is also the owner of the Lydneys Wharf Hotel in Melbourne, did not reply to requests for comment.
“Your conduct has been grossly unfair and has damaged the integrity of the business,” Justice Taylor said.
She also rejected the company’s claim that Ms Phiggs had “abandoned” the business after her marriage fell apart.
“There is no doubt that your conduct and actions have damaged the reputation of the [Laundromats] and the [Crown’s] business interests,” Justice Tay said.
“It has been extremely difficult for you to work in this industry.”
Ms Rhys said the decision to buy out the business was based on “misunderstandings” and “unfounded allegations”.
She said she was not prepared to make the decision on behalf of the company and her “heart is very full with the Crown”.
Justice Taylor said she believed Ms Rhyd had made the right decision.
“The decision to sell the business to the new owner is a fair one,” she said.