Missguided ex-employees to sue for pay award following collapse

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Legal firm Aticus Law has called for ex-employees of online clothing retailer Missguided to join a class action claim seeking a protective pay award following the business’ collapse.

On 30 May, Teneo Financial Advisory was called in as administrator for the retailer, which was then followed by the news that the organisation was facing collapse, leaving around 330 jobs at risk. Approximately 80 people were made redundant immediately following the announcement.

Aticus Law noted that when an employer moves to make more than 20 employees redundant at one location, it is legally obliged to consult with either a recognised trade union, or in its place, elected employee representatives. If Missguided did not follow this during the redundancy process, ex-employees could be entitled to bring a claim for a protective award to the Employment Tribunal.

The tribunal is able to award up to 90 days worth of pay, capped at £4,352, or £538 per week, for every individual included in a claim. However, claimants have a deadline of three months from the date of their redundancy within which to make a claim.

Mohammed Balal, trainee solicitor at Aticus Law, said: “Unfortunately, when a company is placed into administration, we often see a large number of employees being made redundant. Therefore, Protective Award Claims are brought to the Tribunal as large class action claims. Large class action claims involve a number of individual claimants making a joint claim.

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“At Aticus Law, our redundancy solicitors know that facing redundancy with little or no notice can have devastating effects, especially when it comes to finances.”

Missguided has been contacted for comment.