Legal firm under “wage theft” probe

News is emerging today of a top-tier law firm under review for underpaying its own junior lawyers while it represents supermarket giant Woolworths currently embroiled in a $300 million wage theft case.

The Australian Financial Review reports that “the same top-tier law firm advising Woolworths on its $300 million underpayment scandal has been underpaying its own staff, as gruelling work hours threaten to spark an underpayment crisis in the legal industry”.

“Big six law firm Ashurst has undertaken an extraordinary 10-year review into whether its $80,000-a-year graduate lawyers were paid below minimum rates as a result of working long hours,” the Fin says.

“Individual back payments to date are as high as $15,000,” it reported.

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