Employer Jailed for Unpaid Wages Under ESA

NEWMARKET, Ont. (CP) — A man who runs an Ontario embroidery business has been ordered to serve one day in jail after failing to pay employees more than $30,000.

An Ontario Court justice of the peace in Newmarket sentenced Brian John Villeneuve to a day behind bars for breaches of the Employment Standards Act.

He was also handed a one-year ban on starting a business that employs people.

The Ministry of Labour says it received claims of unpaid wages and termination pay totalling $31,271.67 from seven employees of the embroidery business supplying sports paraphernalia.

The government says that after a trial, Villeneuve was convicted this week of seven counts of failing to comply with the ministry’s orders to pay.