Chef exposes equal pay shame

28 August, 2023

A Melbourne chef proved she was paid $15,000 less than male colleagues, yet her former employer won’t be held to account.

Elena Sabbatini told The Age she “gave pretty much everything” for her job at Peter Rowland Group, an upmarket caterer based in Docklands.

Ten months into the job, Elena asked a male colleague employed in the same chef de partie role what he was paid.

The colleague and two other male chef de partie were all paid $80,000 compared to Elena’s $65,000.

“I saw black – all I could see was all the sacrifices that I gave for the company. It wasn’t about money – it never was. It was just the way they treated me,” Elena said.

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