Restaurant employee not paid for 11 weeks

Last updated 05:00 21/01/2014

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A Porirua curry house worker has been awarded more than $30,000 in lost and unpaid wages.

Kulbir Kaur, an assistant restaurant manager at Curry Planet, received no wages for 11 weeks, the Employment Relations Authority found.

She worked at least 55 hours a week, but was paid for only 30 hours. Ms Kaur was also not paid time and a half for working statutory holidays.

Curry Planet owner Ajit Singh criticised Ms Kaur's performance, but Employment Relations Authority member Paul Stapp said that was not relevant to the issue of lost wages.

Bank statements showed no money was paid to Ms Kaur for 11 weeks.

Mr Singh eventually produced a wage and holiday book, but it contained no start and finish times and was deemed unreliable.

He was ordered to pay $4570 for the unpaid weeks, $21,137 in unpaid hours, $4736 for holiday pay and $3500 costs.

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