FAIR GO: Sarah Locke has not been getting paid by her employer so she has quit her job and wants her money. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
FAIR GO: Sarah Locke has not been getting paid by her employer so she has quit her job and wants her money. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Waitress is kept waiting

SARAH Locke has been left with no financial security and no way to pay her bills because, she claims, her employer failed to pay her.

The Indian Curry Bazaar and Takeaway employee said she was $2280 out of pocket.

Ms Locke also claimed there were problems with superannuation payments, which restaurant owner Pamela Samra denied.

Ms Locke has not returned to her waitressing job after the ongoing complications with her pay early this month.

"From February 13 to March 6 I did seven full days each week of solid work and I still haven't been paid properly for it," she said.

When Ms Locke approached her boss about her pay, she says she was given a range of excuses.

"First I was told she didn't have time to go to the bank and then she said she couldn't pay me because she had to pay her son's university fees," Ms Locke said.

"By that time I had had enough so I told her I could no longer work there until I am paid. I left on March 6 and she paid me $700 but I am still owed $2280."

When the NewsMail contacted Ms Samra said she was happy to pay the money owed.

"Sarah has not made contact with me, she sends her father. I have asked her to come to see me to collect her payment and she hasn't," she said.

She even said she had put the money in Ms Locke's bank on Thursday night, but it wasn't in her account yesterday and the bank confirmed there were no pending transactions.

Ms Locke said in the weeks after she left the job, she had made countless attempts to contact the owner of the business to sort out the issue.

Now out of work and with no way to pay her bills, Ms Locke has been left feeling deflated.

"I just can't believe they would do this," she said.

"I was such a good worker, I never had any sick days. It's a shame the business has treated me this way," Ms Locke said.

Ms Samra said she paid an amount of $2400 into Ms Locke's bank account yesterday morning.

"The payment has been made, tell her to check her bank," she said.

As of yesterday afternoon Ms Locke said the payment had still not appeared in her account and a printout of her statement confirmed that.

Ms Locke has contacted Fair Work Australia and the Ombudsman was investigating the matter.

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