A bullying laundry owner from town of Mildura, Australia, has been fined 30,000 pounds, after he threatened his employees to burn them with acid, setting his dogs on them and taunting female workers about rape.
Kevin Andrews, 61, was found guilty of abuse against former workers at Mallee Laundry and Linen Services, the Daily Mail reported.
Between 2007 and 2009 he repeatedly bullied his employees physically, psychologically and verbally.
Magistrate Hugh Radford said on one occasion Andrews asked a worker to bring his dogs to the laundry “and if an employee stuffed up they would be bitten by the dogs – that is, the employee would be locked up with the dogs in a shipping container.”
The magistrate said that Andrews had “threatened the employees that he would dissolve them in acid, a substance that was available to them in the workplace.”
Radford said that on one occasion Andrews told a female employee that a rapist was waiting for her, following a talk that a sex offender was in the area.
“This was clearly designed to frighten that particular employee,” he said.
He also referred to a fines list under which workers could be docked a week’s wages for “wasting time.”
“In my view this may have been laughed off by some employees, but it was clearly designed by the accused to psychologically bully staff,” Radford said.
Andrews called one lady a “big fat bush pig” and told other women were brain dead and that “all women are dogs.”
14 former employees came forward to testify against Andrews, who was said to have tried to scare workers by producing a long, metal stick near them.
The employees also said they had been made to work 15 straight hours and were timed during toilet breaks.