MasterChef guest star Shane Delia is accused of & # 39; underpaid employees & # 39; – just a few months after former business partner George Calombaris was forced to repay $ 7.8 million
- Shane Delia accused of insufficient staff at his Maha restaurant in Melbourne
- Delia opened the restaurant with MasterChef star George Calombaris in 2008
- A former chief has claimed that employees could deploy more than 50 hours a week
- He said that despite the long hours the restaurant would only pay them 38 hours
- Ex-chef also claimed that employees were forced to endure poor working conditions
MasterChef guest star Shane Delia is being investigated for allegedly underpaid employees in one of his highbrow restaurants, once co-owned by the fighting chef George Calombaris.
A former employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said that employees were regularly forced to work overpaid, which meant that they received far below the minimum hourly wage at the Maha Restaurant in Melbourne.
He told The age he regularly worked 50 hours of weeks but was only paid for 38.
In addition to the alleged underpayments, the former chef described the working conditions as not conforming to industry standards.
MasterChef guest star Shane Delia (photo, with partner Maha) has been summoned because he allegedly underpaid his employees in one of his highbrow restaurants, which was once co-owned by chef George Calombaris
& # 39; I shouted a lot, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Delia and Mr. Calombaris started the restaurant in 2008 before Mr. Delia bought his then business partner in 2014.
Mr. Delia and George Calombaris started the restaurant in 2008 before Mr. Delia bought his then business partner in 2014
A two-person meal in the high-end restaurant can reach a whopping $ 300 and the restaurant serves a range of vegan, vegetarian and meat options.
& # 39; Shane's flagship restaurant, Maha, has gone from strength to strength since it was founded in 2008 & # 39 ;, reads a description of its restaurant on Mr. Delia's webpage.
A former chef, who asked to remain anonymous, said employees were paid well below the minimum wage at the Maha Restaurant in Melbourne
& # 39; Maha is known for its fresh, unlimited Middle Eastern menu, and has a style that truly sets the tone. & # 39;
Mr. Delia himself is known in the world of chefs and is a constant presence on television with an appearance on MasterChef – he also hosts Spice Journey and Recipe for life.
The Fair Work Ombudsman investigates his restaurant in Melbourne.
& # 39; We urge employees to contact us directly for assistance, & # 39; said a spokesperson.
A spokesperson for Maha said the restaurant cooperated in the investigation.
Mr. Delia himself is known in the world of chefs and is a constant presence on television with an appearance on MasterChef – he also hosts Spice Journey and Recipe for life
& # 39; Compliance with all relevant workplace legislation is a high priority for us and we have obtained independent, specialized advice to help answer Fair Work questions. & # 39;
The unveiling comes just a few months after Mr Calombaris was dragged over the coal for underpaying staff at his catering company MAdE.
The unveiling only comes a few months after Mr Calombaris (left) was dragged over the coal for underpaying staff at his catering company MAdE
He was fined $ 200,000 in July after it turned out that he had failed to pay 515 former and current employees $ 6.8 million over a six-year period.
Calombaris has previously defended himself in an interview with ABC's Leigh Sales and said the underpayment to his staff was a mistake and blamed inexperience.
& # 39; I will not forget that afternoon in 2017 when we were there with my new business partners after we had done a full audit for the company and discovered the underpayments, & # 39; he said.
The chef has insisted that he himself made a declaration to the Fair Work Commission and immediately started to repay the money owed.
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