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Migrant chef paid $12 an hour, takes employer to court

Former Rockpool chef Rohit Karki in court against his employer.

A chef who claims he was underpaid while working at the Rockpool restaurant in Melbourne has taken his claim to the Federal Court. Chef Rohit Karki began working at the restaurant in 2012 and claims he was sometimes forced to sleep at work when rostered on for two consecutive shifts lasting 20 hours each. The man says he was paid just 12 dollars per hour. He says he felt under pressure because he was in Australia on a temporary visa and he wasn't aware of all his workplace entitlements. His lawyer says exploitation of migrant workers in the hospitality and retail sector is a common occurrence.

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