// The Hut Group faces criticism for firing 4 employees in US for trying to report health and safety breaches
// The workers are suing THG for breach of contract and wrongful dismissal
The Hut Group is reportedly under fire after four former employees in the US have accused the retailer of dismissing them for attempting to reveal health and safety breaches.
Nick Bodinet, Donald McEntire, Joseph McGaughey and Jason Young worked at THG’s manufacturing and distribution facility in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, which opened in 2016.
They are suing THG for breach of contract and wrongful dismissal, jointly claiming $30 million (£22 million), The Times reported.
The claim was filed in July 2020, two months before THG floated on the stock market for £5.4 billion.
Founder Matt Moulding told GQ magazine last week that being listed had “just sucked from start to finish”.
The US case claims that it put profits before worker safety in the early years of running the Kentucky site.
The case argues that THG dismissed warnings that “hazardous materials, including aerosols, fingernail paint, lithium batteries [and] various consumer commodities … were being stored illegally”.
Among those expected to give evidence if it goes to trial are Moulding and finance director John Gallemore.