A MILDURA laundry owner has been fined for violent threats against staff.A BOSS who threatened to dissolve his workers in acid, lock them up to be attacked by dogs, and who taunted them about rape has been fined $50,000.
Magistrate Hugh Radford said Andrews' "disgusting and appalling" behaviour had caused workers to suffer nightmares and depression up to five years on.
Mr Radford said Andrews had asked one employee 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".
"Further the accused threatened the employees that he would dissolve them in acid, a substance that was available to them in the workplace," Mr Radford said.
On one occasion Andrews told a female employee a rapist was waiting for her following talk there was a sex offender in the area.
"This was clearly designed to frighten that particular employee," Mr Radford said.
A "general fines list" - where workers could be docked a week's wages for "wasting time" - was among Andrew's fearmongering tactics.
"In my view this may have been laughed off by some employees but it was clearly designed by the accused to psychologically bully staff," Mr Radford said.
Andrews also referred a female employee as a "big fat bush pig", called women "brain-dead c---s" and had said "all women are dogs".
More than 12 employees testified against Andrews in WorkSafe's prosecution of the former Mallee Laundry and Linen Services owner.
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