next Stores Equal Pay Claim
Hundreds of Next shop workers have joined Equal Pay Now to bring a legal claim against the company. Their demand is clear. They want to be treated fairly. This means being paid a wage that would put them on an equal footing with their colleagues in other parts of the business. The Equal Pay Claim will ensure that every employee is paid equally and fairly.
Women and men in shops across Britain do a challenging job and work long hours. They also interact with customers throughout their shifts, which is a key part of Next’s success.
Despite this, they are paid less than their co-workers in warehouse and distribution centres, whose roles are wrongly said to be more demanding. Their average salary loss is more than £6,000.
If we win the case Next store employees who join the claim will likely receive compensation, which could amount to up to six years of back pay.
The equal pay claim against retailer next is being led by leading employment and discrimination barrister, Elizabeth George:
Elizabeth was a solicitor before transferring to the bar in 2005, qualifying as a barrister at Cloisters Chambers. She is currently working as employed counsel for Leigh Day on a national equal pay group claim against next stores.
WHO CAN CLAIM?
- Is or has been paid by the hour.
- Is working or has worked as a Sales Consultant, Stockroom Assistant or Team Coach in a next store in England, Scotland or Wales in the last six months.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS?
- Leigh Day is running this claim on a ‘no win-no fee’ basis (called a ‘DBA’). Under the DBA, you will only have to pay legal fees if the claim wins.
- Find out more about fees and costs via our FAQs page.
We can end the DBA at any time at no cost to you. If you end the DBA before the end of the claim or act unreasonably (please see sections 7 and 10 of the DBA), you may be required to pay Leigh Day your share of costs as they are at that time.
WHO ARE WE?
We are Leigh Day, a law firm challenging this unequal situation with the Equal Pay Now campaign. We are bringing equal pay claims to an employment tribunal on a ‘no win-no fee’ basis. We believe the claim that store and warehouse workers do jobs of equal value is a strong and winnable one.
If we succeed, shop workers at next stores will get a well-deserved and long overdue pay rise. They will also likely receive compensation, which could amount to up to six years of back pay. Find out more below about how to join our rapidly growing movement for fair treatment.
Sign up to Equal Pay Now by registering online or call our equal pay team on 0800 689 4548.
IT’S RIDICULOUS THAT WE’RE PAID LESS THAN PEOPLE WORKING IN THE WAREHOUSES
"It’s ridiculous that we go through all of this and we’re paid less than people working in the warehouses. I spent a week working in one of the warehouses and it seems a really chilled out place so when I found out they were earning so much more I was completely shocked. It’s not much to ask that management acknowledge that we don’t just stand there taking payments, putting things in bags and smiling."
EQUAL PAY WILL HELP RESTORE MY CONFIDENCE AND SELF-RESPECT
"Equal pay will help to restore my confidence and self-respect because finally the company I have worked hard for will now recognise that my role as a sales consultant is as valuable as a warehouse operative."