Wagamama Outed as Top Minimum Wage Dodger

By Gary Cutlack on at

High street bucket-o'-noodles specialist Wagamama has been shamed by the government, which has put it at the top of the league table when it comes to not paying its staff the legal minimum wage.

Government figures show that the chain underpaid 2,630 workers by a total of £133,212 and 42p last year, with the workers now in line for a nice chunk of back pay. So no need to leave tip for a few months, then. Wagamama is the tip of an iceberg that saw 9,000 workers on the minimum wage underpaid by a total of £1.1 million, but the good news is they should all get it back now.

Other big-name low-payers include the Marriott hotel chain and the owner of the TGI Friday's group, but then, the further down the list of shame you go, the smaller the businesses become. Plaistow Broadway Filling Stations in Basildon is outed for underpaying one poor member of staff, and probably therefore its only member of staff, £535.53, with one hairdresser in Eastbourne somehow managing to underpay 78 workers the total of £427.40 -- putting them in line for a life-changing lump sum of £5.47 each. [GOV]

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