Australia's Romeo retail group faces class action lawsuit involving 3 million owed wages
Romeo's Retail Group, one of South Australia's largest independent supermarkets, is facing a $3 million class-action lawsuit over its employees' wage arrears, while another South Australian store is also under investigation for potential wage violations.
According to The Advertiser, the group was accused of underpaid employees in its Foodland, IGA and its Romeo brand supermarkets in South Australia and NSW, including store managers, department managers and assistant managers. Salary.
Adero Law has represented 15 supermarkets of Romeo Retail Group in filing a lawsuit in federal court, and may add more than 20 other stores to the claim.
The law firm implied that as many as 600 current and former employees are entitled to compensation, and "conservatively estimated" their potential liabilities may be as high as 3 million Australian dollars.
In a claim statement on behalf of former store manager Christopher Peter Thomas and other similar employees, Romeo Group failed to pay overtime rates, as well as overtime and annual leave compensation. It also stated that the company also failed to pay the travel, meal and laundry allowances the manager was entitled to, and mistakenly deducted the cost of uniforms from its salary.
Ash Cutchie of Adro Law Firm said that employees said they usually work 45 hours and only receive 38 hours of pay. He said that in the corporate culture of the Romeo Group, all salaried employees have to work overtime, and this is implemented from the highest position of its management.
"Wage arrears are common in the industry. This is another example. We believe that this situation continues and must be stopped." He said, "We hope that through these litigation procedures, the so-called overtime culture of the Romeo Group And the culture of arrears can be improved."
Thomas, the former manager mentioned above, worked in several supermarkets of the Romeo Group from 2010 to 2016. However, under Australia’s regulations on unpaid wages, Thomas and other claimants can only recover wages for the past six years.
In addition to demanding repayment of the amount owed plus interest, Adello Law Firm also asked the court to impose a fine and pay it directly to the claimant. The case management hearing has been scheduled for November 11. Romeo Retail Group declined to comment.
Kutcher revealed that his firm is also investigating Drakes' similar wage arrears. The class action against Romeo Group is the third retail ruling filed by the law firm following the recent class action against supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths.
In May, Adro Law Firm initiated a class action lawsuit against gas station operator OTR, representing more than 5 current and former employees claiming up to A$8000 million in back wages. Recently, OTR was ordered to pay nearly A$7000 in arrears of wages to a former employee who had been in arrears for more than one year.
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