And this ladies and gentleman, is how not to handle a workplace pay dispute.

A Melbourne plumbing company have been whacked with fines totalling in $121,500, after doing the ultimate dodgy on an underpaid employee.

Michael Patrick Pulis, Pulis Plumbing Pty Ltd, hired the 20-year-old labourer back in 2014, but instead of paying him his fully qualified wage, Mr Pulis paid him apprentice wages of $12.18 per hour.

The man, whose case was heard in the Federal Circuit Court, wound up earning a mere fifth of his actual salary, and was underpaid by a total of $26,882.

Adding insult to injury, when the poor lad tried to enquire about the missing funds, his boss simply texted him the response “F**k off”.

Uhm that’s totes innapropes.

He was also gypped out of meal and travel allowances. Not even a few loose gold coins for a meat pie and a Farmers Union.

That’s harsh AF.