July 2019 | Chef sues Rockpool restaurant empire for underpayment, mistreatment

Date: 21 July 2019

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Australia’s largest high-end restaurant business, Neil Perry’s Rockpool Dining Group, is facing its first high-profile legal claim for underpaying and mistreating a migrant chef.

The claim by chef Rohit Karki, who worked at the prestigious Rockpool Bar & Grill restaurant, could be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in underpayment penalties and damages.

The Federal Court claim follows an investigation by The Sunday Age and The Sun-Herald which exposed systemic wage underpayment at the Perry-fronted Rockpool Dining Group.

The investigation uncovered evidence that permanent chefs at Rockpool were required to do excessive unpaid overtime, a practice stretching back many years.