Woman assaulted during dispute over alleged unpaid wages in South Australia

Video posted on social media shows woman being assaulted during an apparent dispute over allegedly unpaid wages in Adelaide

A shocking video has emerged showing a young woman being assaulted, allegedly at her workplace and during a dispute over unpaid wages, in Adelaide.

The incident, caught on video and posted publicly on social media, allegedly occurred last Friday. It appears from looking at the video and online posts about the incident that the young woman confronted her employer about payment of wages she claimed were owed to her for shifts at a business in Adelaide’s Chinatown.

The exchange begins when the young woman challenges a man, identified online as the owner of the shop, asking why he won’t pay her wages.

“I don’t owe you a wage,” the owner says in the video, “so what should I pay you for?”

From there the situation quickly escalates. Another man in a black T-shirt – identified online as a friend of the owner – slaps her in the face, beginning a scuffle. When the woman retaliates, he appears to kick her across the room.

Others immediately become involved with another woman attempting to stop the man from moving towards the woman.

The video shows she too is pushed across the room by him.

Customers in the shop, including families with young children, are seen apparently preparing to flee.

In a statement, the South Australia police said officers were called to the business at 9.25pm last Friday and were now investigating the incidents.

“Upon police arrival the suspect had left the scene,” the statement said. “The victim, a 22-year-old Rose Park woman, was treated by paramedics. The suspect is known to the victim and police are investigating.”

Police encouraged anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the website CrimeStoppers.

The Guardian attempted to contact both the owner of the shop and the man identified as assaulting the woman for this story.

The shop was shuttered on Tuesday. The video provoked a visceral reaction among Australia’s Chinese community who expressed their anger online.


Royce Kurmelovs

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