Sports Direct is facing a claim for millions of pounds from nearly 300 workers excluded from the retailer’s generous bonus scheme because they were on zero-hours contracts.The employees were excluded from a bonus scheme that paid out about £160m worth of shares to 2,000 “permanent” workers in 2013.
Lawyers acting for the part-time staff sent letters to Sports Direct’s legal team on Friday claiming a total of just over £1m in compensation for missed bonuses for a first batch of 30 workers. The individual claims average about £36,000 each but the highest is worth more than £100,000.
All of the first 30 seeking compensation, with help from the legal firm Leigh Day, have a minimum of five and a half years in continuous employment with Sports Direct, including the period covered by the bonus.The total which might be payable by Sports Direct to the 300 workers would amount to a measly £10 million. That is unlikely to make a big hole in the company's pockets. In the year to 27 April 2014, Sports Direct had revenue of over £2.7 billion and an operating profit of over £249 million.
So go on, Sports Direct - do the right thing!