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French Connection and Foot Locker failed to pay minimum wage

French Connection and Foot Locker are among firms that have been named by the UK government for paying some workers less than the minimum wage.

The 48 employers named owe workers £162,000 and face fines of £67,000 combined. They have 28 days to respond to the allegations.

Fashion retailer French Connection failed to pay almost £16,436.05 to 367 employees and Freedom Sportsline, which trades as Foot Locker, owes more than £16,718.25 to 601 workers.

The Clothing Works in Corby, which has since ceased trading, neglected to pay 38 workers £17,007.08.

Business minister Jo Swinson said: “There’s no excuse for companies that don’t pay staff the wages they’re entitled to – whether by wilfully breaking the law, or making irresponsible mistakes.

“The government is protecting workers by cracking down on employers who ignore minimum wage rules. In addition to naming and shaming, we’ve increased the penalty fines and boosted resources available to investigate non-compliance.”

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