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Sports Direct could face 20,000 legal cases

Sports Direct could face legal challenges from up to 20,000 zero-hours contract workers over unpaid bonuses, holiday and sick pay.

Law firm Leigh Day has been contacted by “dozens” of Sports Direct employees on zero-hours contracts, who say their employment rights have been breached.

The firm claims that up to 20,000 part time staff may have a right to challenge the company over the controversial contracts.

As reported by Drapers in August, law firm Leigh Day launched a case against Sports Direct on behalf of Zahera Gabriel-Abraham, a former part-time sales assistant on a zero-hours contract.

At the time barrister Elizabeth George said the contracts offered no flexibility for workers and the “casual” part-time employees are “employees in the conventional sense and denying them their paid holidays, sick pay and bonuses is unlawful.”

Sports Direct has declined to comment and has filed its defence with the employment tribunal. The case is likely to be heard next year.

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