Jamie Oliver’s parents are being taken to an employment tribunal by a former kitchen porter who claims he was bullied while working at the family’s Essex pub.
Brian Wales has claimed Trevor Oliver became angry and swore at him after he pointed out he was owed money.
According to The Mail on Sunday, Mr Wales, aged 71, was employed as a part time £7-an-hour dishwasher at the pub in Clavering.
In May he realised that he had been underpaid by about half an hour a day. After management checked the systems it was discovered that all 57 staff employed on hourly rates had been underpaid, Mr Wales claims.
The Olivers said that the issue was due to a faulty machine, and have paid out a total of £1,847 to staff, including £40 to Mr Wales.
However, Mr Wales alleges that Mr Oliver swore at him and made him carry out tasks outside of his remit, such as cleaning the ovens, and swore at him repeatedly.
Mr Wales said: “I did it, but it was upsetting to be spoken to like that.
“Trevor did eventually calm down and offered an apology for his language but I was still concerned that I was on the wrong side of him… I did not believe Trevor was genuinely pleased that I raised the payroll issue.”
He resigned and is now bringing his case to an Employment Tribunal, a date for which has yet to be set.
Mr Oliver said: “It is going to a tribunal, obviously I dispute it.”
In a statement the couple said: “Mr Oliver has never been accused of anything like this in 37 years as a publican. Needless to say, he will be refuting all of the allegations vigorously and will be supported by very many of his current staff, all of whom know the truth about the situation.”