Sports Direct are facing a claim from nearly 300 workers after it was revealed that their zero hour contract status made them exempt from the company’s bonus scheme.
The Sports Direct bonus scheme granted almost 2,000 full time employees £160 million worth of shares, but excluded the bonus offer to those working for the company on zero hour contracts.
Initially Worth £1 Million
The initial claim against Sports Direct, which was launched by 30 employees working on zero hour contracts, was thought to be worth £1 million, with the highest individual claim, of over £100,000, coming from an individual who had worked for the company for over five and a half years.
Following the initial claims being publicised, more than 250 additional workers joined the legal case against the sports company owed by Mike Ashley.
Clarification Over Zero Hour Contracts
The claim against Sports Direct comes following the company being criticised in the media for employing 90% of its staff on zero hour contacts, which offer employees irregular working hours and little job security.
In October the company were forced to publicly clarify what staff were entitled to in zero hour contracts in regards to holidays and sick pay.
Following an enquiry, Vince Cable warned employers that he planned to announce proposals to ban clauses in zero-hours contracts that prevent workers accepting shifts with more than one employer.