Chin Chin taken to court by former bartender

21 November, 2017 by
Madeline Woolway

A former bartender at The Lucas Group’s Melbourne venue Chin Chin will lodge a court claim against the company on Tuesday 21 November, alleging she was underpaid $9,454.

Sorcha Harrop, 24, who worked at the venue from October 2016 until July this year, says the group failed to compensate her for overtime and superannuation. In a petition, Harrop said staff “are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free”.

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“We have been dealing with Sorcha and her allegations since immediately after we were made aware of them,” said Chris Lucas, founder and CEO of The Lucas Group, in a statement.

“We have moved swiftly to reconcile her hours and have made several attempts to contact her to attempt to resolve the dispute.

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“I am committed to ensuring The Lucas Group’s valued employees are paid correctly and within the current employment laws.”

The allegations come after the Fair Work Ombudsman released a report stating the hospitality industry was one of its top compliance priorities.

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