Phil Rudd fined over restaurant dismissals

Ac/Dc drummer Phil Rudd has been ordered to hand over more than $61,000 (£38,000) following a dispute with former employees at his restaurant in New Zealand. Three former staff members at Phil’s Place in Tauranga filed a case with the country’s Employment Relations Authority (ERA) alleging they were unfairly dismissed by the rocker in 2012.
Alice and Janelle Kiwa and Hayden Clark claimed they were sacked by Rudd after a takeaway meal he ordered arrived late, and they filed a claim for unfair dismissal.
Rudd insisted the trio was treated fairly, but officials at the ERA have ruled against him, declaring the three former employees were unjustifiably dismissed.
The star has been ordered to pay each of them compensation for lost income and distress, as well as legal costs. The total sum amounts to in excess of $61,047 (£38,154).
The restaurant was closed after the incident. It has since reopened.