Jul 24, 2020  By John Hyde

Toronto Sports Bar Refuses to Pay Wages

Three employees with a North York sports bar who said they haven't been paid since it shut down in March due to the pandemic now say they've gotten some of their money via e-transfer.

Oren Barbalat, an employment and labour law associate with Hyde HR Law in Toronto, said although he hasn't heard of this particular situation happening amid the pandemic, he does often hear about workers in the hospitality industry going unpaid.

"Employees feel relatively powerless in this situation," he said. "If their employer owes $1,000 you might not go and retain a lawyer. It can get expensive, and you may not know what your rights are."

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