The Dorchester hotel on London’s Park Lane has been accused of docking service charge payments for certain staff and passing the money to senior managers. A BBC London investigation, due to be aired on television tonight, has claimed that the luxury hotel has operated a secret penalty scheme, which involved cutting some low-paid employees payments by a total of £5,000 in five months, with the bonuses being paid to managers instead. The Dorchester has said that the staff who took part in the scheme knew how it worked and that it complied with employment laws. In a statement the company said: “Employees who participate in this scheme are made fully aware of its rules, which allow for deductions to be made from the service charge payments in certain circumstances. “Even without service charge payments the staff are paid considerably more than the national minimum wage, it said. The hotel has reviewed the service charge scheme and is confident it will not face any further claims or disputes.”