I’ve just had the third piece of casework about an alleged dodgy employer on Lordship Lane.
The employer apparently hates paying their staff wages. Suggestion they employ illegal immigrants, and other allegations. To ensure when leaving you get paid your wages staff book holidays and then have to fight for their holiday pay. One’s not taking this approach owed many hundred of pounds. Generally not rich teenagers being exploited. This is exactly the sort of dodgy business behaviour that gives free enterprise a bad name.
I’ve contacted the local “dodgy” business person about one case and been blanked. They’ve always been very vocal to me about issues that bother them but suddenly silent. No response. The silence feels damning.
If you find yourself in this position – tell me. If I get more casework I will feel obliged to go public.
You can also follow this step by step guide, amending things with your details, to try and resolve things if you have this problem:
Send the following letter to the employer by recorded delivery.
“Dear Ms xxx
Re: Letter before action for non payment of wages
As you are aware I was employed by yyyyyyyyyy from xx to xx.
My last working day was xx
Despite numerous efforts to converse with you I have yet to receive a response as to why you have failed to pay my outstanding wages and holiday pay as follows:
– detail wages owed
– detail holiday pay owed.
This may well be an oversight on your behalf.
Please can you pay the outstanding amounts within the next 7 days.
If you do not pay the outstanding amount within the seven days I will commence proceedings against you in the employment tribunal.
I look forward to your response.
Yours faithfully ”
If you get no response after seven days you need to start the employment tribunal process
Three points regarding the employment tribunals:
1. Needs to be within 3 months of the last day of employment.
2. First stage is to contact ACAS for early resolution mediation which may resolve the issue if not they will provide a certificate. Need for next stage.
3. Fees – whilst employment tribunals require a fee of £160 to lodge a claim it is possible that as a student or low wage earner you could be below the monthly income threshold and exempt from paying.
If it gets this far you may want to seek Southwark Citizens Advice Bureau help.
Either way never let a rogue business person rip you of.