Bar owner pays up in row over wage
4:30pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A BAR owner has paid a former employee more than £800 after she complained to the tax office that her earnings did not meet the national minimum wage.
Mani Madhani had employed Iryna Shymkova at a coffee shop he ran with business partner Patrick Edwards at Nuffield Health on the Greenbridge Retail Park.
Iryna, 30, claimed she was paid in cash at the rate of £5 an hour while employed at the venture, which was later taken in-house. She also said she did not receive her final month’s pay.
The HMRC agreed the partnership owed the money and indicated it would be willing to take legal action by passing a file to its ‘technical’ team.
Mr Madhani’s solicitors have since passed a cheque for £808 to the HMRC, which has been sent on to Iryna. The mother-of-one, from Kingshill, pursued the claim with her husband Roman Hlodan.
He said: “We are pleased that this has been settled. We sympathise with anybody in a similar situation and would urge them to persevere. A person in such a situation can help their case by keeping detailed records of hours worked and any correspondence with the employer. Go to the Citizens Advice Bureau and pick up the phone to the Government helpline.”
Iryna was employed at the Old Bank Coffee Lounge for three months from February 2012.
She also worked part-time for Mr Madhani at the Old Bank bar in Wood Street, Old Town.
The businessman declined to comment on the case.
But he has claimed the correct amount was paid once tax deductions were taken into consideration and the outstanding wages had not been collected by Iryna. She had requested the money be paid through formal channels.
Officials agreed the 2012 minimum wage of £6.08 had not been met and sent the partnership a ‘notice of underpayment’ in October 2012 for the missing amount.
Iryna stayed with the cafe after it was taken in-house by the health club, who consider her a model employee.
Anyone with concerns or questions about the national minimum wage should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.