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.