An employment advocate says the law needs to change to stop migrant workers being ripped off by their employers and left thousands of dollars out of pocket.
The Employment Relations Authority has ordered a Glen Eden Chinese restaurant to pay one of its former workers the 30 thousand dollars he's owed.
International student Alex Zhou was illegally charged $13,000 by Harbit International just to get the job as a chef and was underpaid by 15 thousand dollars.
But an employment advocate, May Moncur, says the company no longer exists and the directors cannot be held personally liable.
Ms Moncur says she would like to take more legal action to get the money for her client but he has not made a decision on that yet.