THE former director of Kilmore’s Red Lion Brewery will face a penalty hearing on May 6 for allegedly underpaying an employee.

The Fair Work Ombudsman commenced legal action against Red Lion Brewery Pty Ltd and its former director Paul Hendrie in November last year, alleging an apprentice chef employed between October 2019 and March 2020 was underpaid.

A Fair Work Inspector issued a compliance notice to Red Lion Pty Ltd in March last year ordering the company to back-pay the former employee for underpaid minimum rates for ordinary hours, weekend and public holiday penalty rates, and annual leave entitlements.

The ombudsman launched legal proceedings after it alleged the company and Mr Hendrie failed to comply with the notice without providing a reasonable excuse.

As reported in last week’s Review, Red Lion Brewery Pty Ltd was placed in voluntary liquidation last month, resulting in an indefinite stay of proceedings against the company.

But a Fair Work Ombudsman spokesperson said the proceedings against Mr Hendrie were not affected by the stay and he would face a penalty hearing in May.

At least six Mitchell Shire businesses and nine staff members are listed as creditors of the liquidated company.