Sports Direct is reportedly facing a legal claim for millions of pounds from nearly 300 part-time workers who were excluded from its bonus scheme because they were on zero-hours contracts.
Under the scheme, the retailer paid out about £160m worth of shares to 2,000 “permanent” workers in 2013. Law firm Leigh Day sent letters to Sports Direct’s legal team on Friday claiming an average of £36,000 each for the first group of 30 workers who missed out on the bonus, The Guardian reports.
All 30 had or have worked for Sports Direct for at least five-and-a-half consecutive years. The highest claim is thought to be worth more than £100,000.
Leigh Day’s Elizabeth George, who is acting for the group, confirmed the letters had been sent but declined to comment further .
The remaining claims are expected to be filed over the next six months.
Sports Direct has also this week signed a 50-year deal to occupy 23,000 sq ft on the upper first and second floors of the former Passport Office in the centre of Newport, south Wales, according to Walesonline.co.uk.