Migrant chef persecutes celebrity chef Neil Perry's Rockpool empire over claims that he works 20 hours a day without a break for $ 12 an hour
- The restaurant of the famous chef Neil Perry is charged with allegedly low payment
- Rockpool Bar and Grill in Melbourne is accused of underpaid chef Rohit Karki
- Karki claims that he has worked more than 70 hours a week, including 20-hour shifts
- Mr. Karki says that he worked consecutive days without breaks for $ 12 per hour
- The chef claimed that between services he was forced to sleep on a banquet
- Mr. Karki claims that he was bullied and pressured to resign after he complained
- His claim covers six years of alleged underpayment from 2012 to March 2019
Celebrity chef Neil Perry & # 39; s high-end restaurant empire is charged with allegedly paying too little for a chef who performed debilitating 20-hour services at Melbourne's prestigious Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant.
Rohit Karki claims he has worked more than 70 hours a week, including 20-hour shifts from 4 am to midnight on consecutive days with no breaks for $ 12 per hour.
The chief claims that he was forced to sleep on a banquet couch between services and his working conditions & # 39; significantly deteriorated & # 39; after his visa sponsorship was secured in 2013.
Celebrity chef Neil Perry & # 39; s (photo) high-end restaurant empire is charged with allegedly a chef who has worked in the prestigious Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant in Melbourne for 20-hour long-service shifts
The federal court claims – through Maurice Blackburn Advocaten – six years of alleged underpayment from 2012 until Mr. Karki resigned in March this year.
Mr. Karki allegedly complained to Rockpool about his underpayment and treatment in November 2018 and claims that he was subsequently bullied and pressured to resign.
Maurice Blackburn, head of Josh Bornstein, claims that Rockpool has committed several serious violations of the prize and the Fair Work Act.
& # 39; This is another Dickensian example of wage theft and exploitation of vulnerable employees that is all too common in the hospitality industry, & # 39; Mr. Bornstein said in a statement on Sunday.
& # 39; Rockpool is not a bit player. It is a very profitable business empire that cheats. & # 39;
Maurice Blackburn seeks compensation for Mr. Karki in the Federal Court of Australia and & # 39; substantial fines & # 39; which Rockpool must pay for violations of the Fair Work Act.
The law firm will also ask the federal court to order an external and comprehensive audit of the company to identify any other breaches.
The migrant chef Rohit Karki allegedly complained to Rockpool about his underpayment and treatment in November 2018 and claims that he was subsequently bullied and pressured to resign
A Rockpool spokeswoman said the company is unable to comment since the case is in court.
& # 39; We will continue to work with the Fair Work Ombudsman and with past and current employees on all amounts that may be due & # 39 ;, she said in a statement to AAP on Sunday.
The claim follows the fine of $ 200,000 from celebrity chief George Calombaris after an investigation into the Fair Work Ombudsman has found that he has paid underpaid staff by nearly $ 8 million.
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