Cwmbran man Darren Beard gets £3,500 after being underpaid by Saloon Grill

Darren Beard with his mum Carol

Darren Beard with his mum Carol

First published in News South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

A KITCHEN assistant with learning difficulties was awarded more than £3,500 after an employment tribunal found he had been underpaid by his former employer .

Darren Beard and his mother Carol became concerned when payslips from the Saloon Grill in Cwmbran did not match the money going into Mr Beard's bank account.

Mr Beard, who worked for the restaurant from August 2011 to June this year, soon fell behind with rent for his flat in Blaenavon and was taken to court for not paying council tax.

Mr Beard, 24, told the Argus: "I was a kitchen assistant which involved pot washing, helping staff with food preparation, a bit of everything really."

Due to his dyslexia, Mr Beard passed all paperwork to his mother, who noticed he was working more hours than he was paid for. She then approached Torfaen Citizen's Advice Bureau for help.

"In January we started making a log of his hours," said Mrs Beard. "Bron Afon were very understanding about Darren's situation, but he had to pay court costs and borrowed money on credit cards to keep his flat.

"Darren knew that after being on Jobseekers Allowance if he resigned he wouldn't be entitled to any benefits," she said. "But at least with social security your housing costs would be guaranteed."

On Monday, employment judge Roger Harper, sitting in Cardiff's Caradog House, awarded Mr Beard a total of £3,792 in outstanding wages, notice and holiday pay.

The proprietors of the Saloon Grill said they did not wish to comment.

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4:10pm Thu 1 Nov 12

monkeytennisboy says...

Disgusting behaviour by his employers, if its still open people should boycott the place.
Disgusting behaviour by his employers, if its still open people should boycott the place. monkeytennisboy
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4:43pm Thu 1 Nov 12

On the inside says...

monkeytennisboy wrote:
Disgusting behaviour by his employers, if its still open people should boycott the place.
Agreed. I'll bet they don't pay their tax either. Any business that is too badly run to pay someone £6.08ph (now a massive £6.19) should be closed down.
[quote][p][bold]monkeytennisboy[/bold] wrote: Disgusting behaviour by his employers, if its still open people should boycott the place.[/p][/quote]Agreed. I'll bet they don't pay their tax either. Any business that is too badly run to pay someone £6.08ph (now a massive £6.19) should be closed down. On the inside
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8:06pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Limestonecowboy says...

Recognition to the CAB - shows what the service provides to the people & on doing a good job. 'Saloon Grill' cowboys!
Recognition to the CAB - shows what the service provides to the people & on doing a good job. 'Saloon Grill' cowboys! Limestonecowboy
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9:01pm Thu 1 Nov 12

Dillon1985 says...

I can't believe an employer could do this for so long. By the looks of the payout they did this for years. Absolutely shocking and they shouldn't be allowed to take advantage of any staff again.
I can't believe an employer could do this for so long. By the looks of the payout they did this for years. Absolutely shocking and they shouldn't be allowed to take advantage of any staff again. Dillon1985
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7:34am Fri 2 Nov 12

Mr Angry says...

The Great British Employer, doesn't it make you feel proud.

Just think if Cameron and Co get their way Darren and people like him would not be able to action against employers like Saloon Grill.
The Great British Employer, doesn't it make you feel proud. Just think if Cameron and Co get their way Darren and people like him would not be able to action against employers like Saloon Grill. Mr Angry
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1:17pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Katie Re-Registered says...

Good point, Mr Angry. Fortunately, Mr Beard was able to redress the appalling way he had been treated because at the moment he has the law on his side. If certain people in the government had their way and everything was deregulated then this would clearly give a green light for many unscrupulous employers (like the one's above) to get away with exploiting their workforce and treating them as unfairly as they liked. As it is, there are large numbers of workers who are getting paid less for doing exactly the same work as their colleagues - a situation that the Equal Pay Act has failed to change even in the space of over 40 years.

Well done to Mr Beard and his mother for exposing and challenging these crooks. They're heroes, because on standing up for themselves, they have not only stood up for their own rights but for the rights of all workers who are being treated unfairly!
Good point, Mr Angry. Fortunately, Mr Beard was able to redress the appalling way he had been treated because at the moment he has the law on his side. If certain people in the government had their way and everything was deregulated then this would clearly give a green light for many unscrupulous employers (like the one's above) to get away with exploiting their workforce and treating them as unfairly as they liked. As it is, there are large numbers of workers who are getting paid less for doing exactly the same work as their colleagues - a situation that the Equal Pay Act has failed to change even in the space of over 40 years. Well done to Mr Beard and his mother for exposing and challenging these crooks. They're heroes, because on standing up for themselves, they have not only stood up for their own rights but for the rights of all workers who are being treated unfairly! Katie Re-Registered
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4:18pm Fri 2 Nov 12

Llanmartinangel says...

Mr Angry wrote:
The Great British Employer, doesn't it make you feel proud.

Just think if Cameron and Co get their way Darren and people like him would not be able to action against employers like Saloon Grill.
On the other hand the current law allows the incompetent muppets who squandered £1m of Torfaen Council tax payers money for nothing, to sleep easy in their beds knowing the law is on their side too. It doesn't excuse the disgraceful exploitation of this lad by crooks but we all know of dreadful employees who can't be sacked as the law stands.
[quote][p][bold]Mr Angry[/bold] wrote: The Great British Employer, doesn't it make you feel proud. Just think if Cameron and Co get their way Darren and people like him would not be able to action against employers like Saloon Grill.[/p][/quote]On the other hand the current law allows the incompetent muppets who squandered £1m of Torfaen Council tax payers money for nothing, to sleep easy in their beds knowing the law is on their side too. It doesn't excuse the disgraceful exploitation of this lad by crooks but we all know of dreadful employees who can't be sacked as the law stands. Llanmartinangel
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