in brief The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has
taken IT services and consulting firm Zanok Technologies to the Federal Court for
allegedly taking advantage of people seeking jobs in the IT industry.
The ACCC alleged that the company placed advertisements on
various websites such as Seek offering jobs in the IT industry.
However the company wasn't offering real job opportunities, but
instead IT training for which the unsuspecting applicants had to
foot the $4,700 bill.
Although Zanok claimed that the applicants were guaranteed a job
once the training was finished, the ACCC alleged that there was no
surety of gaining a position and has lodged a case against the
company and its directors Darley Stephen and Vanitha Darley for
breaching the Trade Practices Act via deceptive behaviour.
The ACCC wanted the Court to order that the company had breached
the Act and sought costs as well as injunctions to stop the company
continuing its conduct. The matter will be heard in an
interlocutory hearing tomorrow.