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Shocking yet not surprising: wage theft has become a culturally accepted part of business

Many Australians are shocked by celebrity chef George Calombaris being caught for underpaying employees A$7.8 million.

It didn’t help, of course, that the television personality was also reported to be seeking a huge pay rise for appearing in the television program MasterChef Australia.

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But what should not be a surprise is the prevalence in Australia of wage theft – typically underpaying award rates and entitlements such as overtime, superannuation and penalty rates.

Calombaris is not alone.

In recent years there have equally large cases of wage theft involving household brand names such as…

The Australian Taxation Office estimated that in 2014-2015 Australian workers had been short-changed A$2.5…

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