'They can just f---ing go straight to the dole queue'
A GOLD Coast security company owner accused of underpaying workers by $16,000 and allegedly sacking a worker sick with pneumonia is facing charges in the Federal Circuit Court.
Former Palmer United Party candidate Adam Marcinkowski is also accused of attempting to derail an investigation by the Fair Work Ombudsman.
Marcinkowski's firm VIP Security Services provided security at Gold Coast City Council libraries and car parks until April. He allegedly threatened to send staff "straight to the dole queue" if they spoke to Fair Work Ombudsman investigators.
The Ombudsman alleges Marcinkowski and his company breached the Fair Work Act by taking unlawful adverse action against three employees. Inspectors visited worksites last year to check security staff were being paid their minimum entitlements.
The Ombudsman alleges that after the visits Marcinkowski directed a supervisor to tell guards that if they spoke to the Ombudsman their employment would be terminated.