Have you worked at a sales and marketing company and been unfairly treated?
Adero is running several claims in the direct sales and marketing industry against Appco, AIDA, Credico and Global Interactive for wage underpayments and other unfair treatment in the workplace.
On 20 October 2016, Rory Markham filed a class action lawsuit against Appco Group Australia Pty Ltd on behalf of Mr Jacob Bywater. The claim alleges that Appco, the incorporated Marketing Companies (MCs) that sit under it, and all the Independent Contractors (ICs) who were engaged to sell Appco products, are not a group of small businesses contracting with each other.
Instead, Mr Bywater alleges that the MCs and ICs were all controlled by Appco to such an extent that it was actually a single integrated business. The claim argues that this single business engages individuals as independent contractors and therefore does not pay the minimum employment entitlements that should have been received.
Appco is one of Australia’s largest direct sales and marketing companies, providing services for various well-known companies including charities, energy service providers and other commercial enterprises.
The class action against Appco has been brought by Mr Jacob Bywater, on behalf of himself and hundreds of direct sales and marketing workers in the same or similar circumstances to him within the Appco business (claimants). Mr Bywater has instructed Adero that after putting in 100 to 120 hours a week during his time with Appco his 2015 tax return displayed an income of only $29,000.
The class action is progressing through the Court process and is currently in the discovery phase of the proceeding. Adero anticipates that this class action will be listed for a final hearing in 2020.
“In April 2017, I told you that Appco’s attack on our claim was pointless. I did not say this lightly. I am proud to say that in May 2018 the Federal Court dismissed Appco’s challenge in every materiel respect. This was an enormous win. We are unleashing all the evidence that will expose how the Appco system operates, where the profits are going and how thousands of Australians were underpaid. It will be extensive and shocking for any reasonable person to hear.”– Rory Markham, Adero Law’s Managing Principal.
Anyone who was engaged as an independent contractor working for Appco from 20 October 2010 can still register for this class action.
Please contact Adero Law via the “Register Interest” button to receive further information about your options and legal rights.