The employees of Next – mostly comprising women – have accused the British clothing retailer of destroying important documents related to equal pay claim.
The women employees working at Next have been demanding equal pay with retailer’s warehouse staff. The warehouse, reportedly, comprises mainly men earning between £2 and £6 every hour.
Law Firm Leigh Day, representing the 300+ workers seeking equal pay, has now warned the retailer that following its destruction of documents, it could face a strike-out-order.
And if that happens, Next would lose the right to defend itself against equal pay claims.
Meanwhile, the retailer has denied all the allegations.
The Employment Tribunal on 12 January will decide if Next has to be penalised for the potential destruction of the documents.
Next has, reportedly, said that it is confident that any strike-out-order will not succeed as it is meeting all its obligations under the Tribunal process.
The retailer has more than 250,000 employees across 500 stores in the UK and Ireland and if each employee joins the claim, it would be £200 million worth overall.
We will keep you updated with all details!