Staff at a now-closed Preston restaurant have been awarded more than £12,000 in unpaid wages.Advertisement
Trinity on the Square closed in June, six months after opening its doors, amid claims staff were not being paid for the work they had done.
Some staff members were owed thousands, others hundreds.
They said they never received their contracts of employment, and attempts to be paid were met with hostility by the owner.
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One former employee, who asked not to be named, said: “We have never heard from Jay (the owner). He never responded to give his side of the story.”
At a hearing at the Manchester Tribunal Court on November 4, the judge awarded eight former staff members a total of £12,397.77p.
An ex-employee said: “With the right ownership it could have really gone somewhere. It is just a shame because I really liked working there.
“Whenever we asked for our money, he kept stringing us long.
“Looking back on it, it seems as though it was a pipe dream. Anyone can say they want to open a restaurant, but if they don’t know what they are doing it will never work.
“I’m just glad the judge has awarded us the money and I really hope we don’t have to take it further to actually get it.
“I really had to struggle during that time when I wasn’t being paid.”
Trinity on the Square has been approached for comment.
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