If you feel you’re being discriminated against in the workplace, you may not be the only one. The law may be on your side, but can you fight a large company on your own? Should you even try?
There is strength in numbers and if you want to sue your employer, you’re better off joining a group action claim. There’s no better example of the advantages of joining a group action than examining the tireless work of the UK-based law firm Keller Postman.
In the space of a few years, the Keller Postman firm has launched group workers rights claims against the most powerful store chains in the country: Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons. The reasons for all the claims are the same – unfair wages.
Join an equal pay claim to win unpaid wages
The four business organizations mentioned above are accused of discriminating against store floor employees who are paid less than their colleagues working in distribution centers. The lawyers at Keller Postman discovered it’s common practice for big retail companies to pay distribution center employees as much as £3-4 an hour more than store staff. This is blatantly unfair as the employees in distribution centers and stores do basically the same work. If anything, store employees are under more stress as they have to deal with demanding customers all day every day and keep their temper.
Female employees account for a vast majority of store staff all over England and Wales, but male colleagues suffer the same discrimination.
According to the solicitors at Keller Postman, anyone who has been working at Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s or Morrisons at any time in the past six years can join in the group action and claim thousands of pounds in back pay.
What are the advantages of joining a workers rights claim?
First of all, you won’t be alone in your fight. Joining a group action is easy and hassle-free. All you have to do is prove that you used to work or still work for one of the groups mentioned and this makes you eligible for compensation.
You can do this over your computer or phone so there’s not much to it. The lawyers at Keller Postman will take care of all the legal procedures and they’ll keep you posted on the developments.
Some may be afraid they’ll lose their job if they join a group action against their employer. This is called retaliation and is strictly against the law so your employer cannot touch you.
Joining a workers rights claim doesn’t cost anything
This is the main worry for most present and former store employees – how much will this type of action cost? Lawyers are expensive, aren’t they? Well, no, they aren’t. Joining a workers rights claim brought by the Keller Postman law firm doesn’t cost anything.
Most lawyers dealing with this type of claim work on a contingency fee basis. You don’t owe them anything until they win the case. If for some reason, their group action should fail, you won’t have any legal costs whatsoever.
On the other hand, if they win the case – and they’re quite confident they will – their fee and expenses will be deducted from the compensation you get.
Bottom line, you stand to get some money without doing anything and teach your employer a valuable lesson.
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