Lazerpig employees claim to have been left twice burned after business closes again

Thakurdas told The age all employees working on Melbourne’s locks, when Lazerpig operated as a delivery service, were temporary visa holders.


Inseo “Scarlett” Son, an international student, accused Simic of making a sexualized comment about her body in front of other staff, bringing her to tears. The age saw a series of selfies that Son says Simic texted her, including one where he appears to be simulating oral sex.

Son also alleges that she owes around $5,000 in retirement for Drop the Bass. She said her pay stubs indicated that more than $5,000 had been paid into her superfund, but when she tried to use her retirement savings during the pandemic, there was only $200 available.

Another former kitchen worker, Gaurav “Gary” Vij, was compensated for tennis elbow, which developed on the job. He said Simic refused to believe his injuries were sustained on the job and claimed that Simic pocketed insurance payments that were supposed to be paid to him.

A spokeswoman for the Fair Work Ombudsman confirmed it was investigating the company that ran the popular pizzeria.

“The Fair Work Ombudsman is conducting an investigation into Drop the Bass Pty Ltd. As this matter is ongoing, it is not appropriate to comment further at this time.”

In an email seen by The agean inspector from the Fair Work Ombudsman told Thakurdas last month: “This matter has been escalated to the enforcement branch for investigation as a result of it not being able to be resolved by my ‘Infoline’ colleagues.”

Simic’s former business partner Zeidan was banned last year by the ASIC from running companies for four years after creditors took $2.3 million out of pocket, including the ATO, which owed more than $1. .35 million.

Three hospitality companies Zeidan served as director of – 5 Ships at Sea (trading as Grace Darling), The Umpire Strikes Back (trading as Lazerpig) and 4 Ships at Sea (trading as Strange Wolf) – went into liquidation between August 2018 and December 2019.


The Grace Darling, on Smith Street, Collingwood, and Lazerpig, also on Smith Street, continued to trade under new ownership structures.

According to a liquidator’s report on the collapse of The Umpire Strikes Back, company directors Simic and Zeidan sold the Lazerpig business to related company Drop the Bass in 2019, before putting the arbiter back on strike. settlement that year. Both men were also directors of Drop the Bass.

As part of the sale of the business, new Lazerpig operator Drop the Bass also assumed $233,108.82 in debt from the old Lazerpig business, including unpaid employee entitlements, the liquidator’s report says.

Zeidan resigned as director of Drop the Bass in 2021 after being banned from running companies by the corporate watchdog.

Last year, former Lazerpig employee and bartender Arielle Richards said The age she was fired after raising concerns about the team’s treatment with the venue’s owners, and had to fight for months to get her retirement entitlements paid.


The new Lazerpig on Smith Street, run by Drop the Bass, closed in January of this year. Its Facebook page shows it was advertising to employees in March, but it appears the store never reopened.

The report of a trustee of Nicholas Giasoumi to the entity that managed the former Lazerpig concluded: “I am of the opinion that the directors violated Section 182 of the Companies Act whereby they transferred the assets of an entity they control, leaving behind legal obligations.”

The liquidators also claimed in their report that the first Lazerpig entity was likely trading while insolvent as of 2018.

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