Outsourcing specialists capita group and FDM faced potential lawsuits from former employees who are faced with the demands of thousands of pounds on charges when they tried to leave.
Both companies insist that graduates and other job seekers to spend three or four months of instruction for which they are not paid before they are nominated to work with top companies.
Then the students must agree to work for two years will be liable for up to $ 20,000 in fees, as first revealed by the guardian last year.
Campaigning lawyer Jolyon Maugham QC, founder of a good law that supports litigation for legal issues leave a vote and a tax invoice to uber, is launching the court action in a bid to have this practice outlawed.
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The team, which includes Sean Jones QC, who also works for Hermes delivery drivers and employees of the Tesco store on the facts of violation of rights in employment, is trying to raise £50,000 through crowdfunding CrowdJustice the website in support of the case.
Maugham said that he considered charging such high fees acts as “illegal restriction of freedom of trade,” as they are not legitimately reflect the cost of training the company has provided workers. He said that all contracts signed by the persons participating in the case, imposed the same obligation to pay until the last day of its two years of work.
“We say this type of sentence is more like an employment contract than a reasonable balance between the interests of young graduates and these great professional organizations,” Maugham said.
He said that young people are trapped in a job because of fear to pay fees, causing problems when they need to move on for family, health or professional reasons.
Capita, which provides services ranging from electronic tagging of offenders to store card services to retailers and the collection of Bi-bi-si license requirements £13,000 from graduates who are trying to leave before the end of their training and two years of work. Until last year he demanded up to £21,000 of the students who do not receive any remuneration, went to the courses, which last a few months.
The case involves a former Intern per capita, which face a demand for £18,500 after she left only a year after undergoing training after she made clear that she could not take a job outside of greater London. The company has withheld her wages for last month after she refused to pay.
A former employee of FDM in the FTSE 250 company, which supplies technical experts and management consultants for companies including virgin media, BP and the Ministry of internal Affairs is facing a demand for £18,000 after trying to take several months after completion of his training.
FDM one former Intern told the Guardian that he did unpaid course for two months, which included General advice on professional skills such as the ability to write emails and create presentations, and then some training. He was then sent for an interview and placed with the company.
“I wasn’t happy at work, but problems with the contract there are so many possibilities for manipulation and coercion. The Manager knows that you are stuck”, he said. He said that the type of training received FDM was available online for a few hundred pounds and the tuition charged by company “a purely contingent fee, so that people do not leave.”
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Tanya de Grunwald, founder of careers blog graduate fog, which was first shown at capita four-month unpaid training scheme and helped to put together the case, said: “this grotesque practice needs to die now. No one should have to pay a penalty to leave the job, they are unhappy”.
The representative of FDM said: “the curriculum group FDM provides an opportunity for all alumni to find and build a successful career in IT.
“We provide an average of 10 weeks of training, which builds students ‘ skills and knowledge, and qualifications recognition at the national level, which are necessary for them to become an it or business consultant, in several areas of service.
“We have a clear and unwavering commitment to all students and staff treatment and compensation equitably and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations. Our employees also receive a competitive graduate salary, which is much higher than the national minimum wage”.
Says, per capita, it will reply to the letter about possible legal action and refused to comment further.