NATIONAL burger chain Grill'd is underpaying hundreds of young workers by hiring staff on compulsory traineeships and outdated employment agreements.
Brisbane Times reports an analysis of Grill'd workplace deals across the country shows many employees, often teenagers, are being paid less than the award, the basic wages safety net.
It comes as the company is embroiled in a legal dispute with ex-employee Kahlani Pyrah, a former Tannum Sands student.
She alleges she was sacked for challenging the below-award wages at an outlet in Camberwell.
Employees at dozens of company-run Australian outlets and franchises that opened before or during the WorkChoices era are paid flat hourly rates with no extra entitlements, meaning their overall pay is often less than the award.
Ms Pyrah, 20, says she was sacked from her job after complaining about pay rates and conditions at the Camberwell Grill'd restaurant.
She said she told managers that staff were sick of being underpaid, and 11 days later she was sacked.
Ms Pyrah will be in court again on Friday as part of an unlawful dismissal case against Grill'd, after her case was adjourned on Monday.
A Grill'd spokeswoman has said the company would refute any claims of unlawful dismissal.