July 2018 | George Calombaris' Hellenic Republic restaurant hit by underpayment claims

Date: 13 July 2018

Source: ABC

A group of former waiters at popular Melbourne restaurant Hellenic Republic, owned by celebrity chef George Calombaris, claim they've been underpaid and the business is refusing to pay them back.

It comes after Calombaris' MaDE Establishment group last year apologised to 162 employees for underpaying them, and gave them backpay totalling $2.6 million.

The ABC has spoken to five former employees who say they were paid at a lower rate than they were entitled to under the award, because they were performing tasks at a higher grade than they were classified.

Payslips and email correspondence have been provided to support the claims.

One of the former workers has been back paid, but questions whether what he received completely covers what he was owed.

The former staff believe there are others in the same position, but it is unclear how many.

Former waiter Orlaith Belfrage, 25, believes she is owed $2,000 from her time working at the Brunswick East restaurant as a casual from March 2013 to May 2014.