AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is involved in an employment dispute with former staff of his Bridge Marina restaurant Phil’s Place.
Auckland-based employment law specialist Max Whitehead confirmed to SunLive that he is representing three applicants at a hearing over employment issues involving Phil’s Bridge Marina restaurant.
Phil’s Place is open at Tauranga Bridge Marina.
ACDC drummer and Tauranga restaurant owner Phil Rudd.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment confirmed to SunLive an Employment Relations Authority hearing is set down in the Tauranga District Court on for November 19 and 20.
“The situation is in the midst of negotiation and I’m a bit apprehensive to give any information,” says Max.
“I will be in touch with the lawyers tomorrow and hopefully we will be able to discuss things in a more beneficial way.”
The issues are believed to be around the way the three employees were dismissed from the restaurant.
No one answered the phones at Phil Rudd’s lawyers Sharp Tudhope today or at the Tauranga Bridge Marina restaurant.
Phil’s Place reopened in April this year with a new menu and new staff after closing in July 2012.
At the time Phil’s lawyer Karen Gravatt said the restaurant closed for a quiet period.
Phil, who purchased the restaurant in August 2011, told SunLive at the time of reopening the restaurant had undergone a menu and interior makeover, but retained its moody feel with black suede chairs and a sonor drum kit on mezzanine floor.
Read more about the reopening here.