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Sports Direct, Primark named in list of UK companies that underpaid employees

Apparel retailers Sports Direct and Primark Stores Ltd. are on the top of a U.K. government list of 260 employers fined £1.3 million by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for paying workers less than the minimum wage, The Independent reported Dec. 8.

The agency said the employers had failed to pay 16,000 workers a combined total of £1.7 million in back pay between 2010 and 2017, according to the report.
In the list, Sports Direct and two of its supply agencies, Best Connection and Transline, took three of the top four positions for not paying workers a combined total of about £1 million, the report said. According to the report, a Sports Direct spokesperson said the company will make payments to the staff who were affected.

Primark took the third position on the list by underpaying 9,735 employees a combined total of £231,973, the report said. The report cited a Primark spokesperson noting that the company had apologized to the affected employees and that it had reviewed its procedures to prevent its recurrence.

The report added that Sports Direct, its supply agencies and Primark had paid the money due to the employees.