Legal restrictions on massage business owner in Narrogin (Bon Levi / Bikini Girls Massage)
Consumer Protection wants the WA community to be aware that there are legal restrictions applying to the owner of a Narrogin massage business as a result of a Supreme Court order which was made permanent on 21 January 2011.
The order, originally issued on 25 November 2010, requires the Commissioner for Consumer Protection to pre-approve any recruitment advertisements before they are posted by Bon Levi who operates ‘Bikini Girls Massage’.
The legal action taken in 2010 was prompted by concerns that the job ads being posted at that time were misleading to potential applicants as they made claims regarding training that would be provided and qualifications that would be achieved through their employment with the business.
The ads omitted information that employees would effectively be sub-contractors who had to rent facilities from the operators.
The order further requires Mr Levi to make it clear to applicants what standard of dress would be required while carrying out their duties.
Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard urges anyone who believes
Mr Levi has breached the Supreme Court order or has engaged in any conduct in breach of the Australian Consumer Law to come forward.
“We would like the community to be aware that there is a Court order in force that places some requirements on Mr Levi’s business activities,” Mr Hillyard said.
“Should any allegations of misleading consumers or employment applicants be supported with evidence, we will investigate with the view of taking further legal action.”
During 2010 and 2011, Consumer Protection issued a number of public statements regarding legal action against Mr Levi, as well his business partner Colin Burton and a former employee of Bikini Girls Massage at the time:
25 January 2011 – 'Bikini Girls Massage' operators permanently restrained
2 September 2010 – $17,100 penalty for 'Bikini Girls Massage' operator
17 August 2010 – Maximum fine for operator of 'Bikini Girls Massage'
9 June 2010 – 'Bikini Girls Massage' ordered to stop advertising name
28 April 2010 – Ex 'Bikini Girls Massage' worker fined
17 January 2010 – Legal action launched against 'Bikini Girls Massage'
An original warning was issued on 25 September 2006:
Consumers or employment applicants who believe they have been misled by advertising posted by Bon Levi or Bikini Girls Massage can lodge a complaint on the Consumer Protection website www.consumerprotection.wa.gov.au or enquiries can be made by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1300 30 40 54.
Media Contact: Alan Hynd, (08) 6552 9248 / 0429 078 791 / email@example.com
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