JD Sports employee claims she caught scabies from rat-infested store

Aishah McDevitt is suing the retailer for £60,000

Updated: 

JD Sports employee claims she caught scabies from rat-infested store

A former JD Sportsemployee who claims she caught scabies working in a 'rat-infested' flagship branch is suing the firm for £60,000.

Ex-supervisor Aishah McDevitt, 21, also claims she was overworked, underpaid and "bullied" into demotions during four years with the company - and was 'discriminated against because of her age'.

See also: How to make money doing what you love

See also: The shortest job stints in history

The Daily Record reports that JD denies the claims and Aishah – who is now 21 but started working for them at 16 – is taking the sports retailers to an employment tribunal over what allegedly happened to her at their Edinburgh branch.

In a letter to Aishah's lawyers, JD Sports denied all claims and said the action should be dismissed.

They also denied that the shop was infested with rats and mice, saying: "There was a problem with rats in an alleyway behind the shop thought to emanate from a nearby restaurant but the issue was dealt with by the local authority."

JD Sports employee who claims she caught scabies working in 'rat-infested' shop

A photo of a rat in a box which Aishah claims was taken at the store

Aishah has submitted photos of what she claims are scabies scars on her body

Aishah, from Milngavie, near Glasgow, said: "I hope speaking up will help other young people being treated the same way in the future."

She has submitted pictures to the tribunal service of what she claims are rodents feeding at the store and scars on her body from scabies.

It is a contagious skin condition caused by mites that burrow into the skin.

She claims she caught scabies on two occasions while working at JD Sports' Hanover Street branch in Edinburgh because stock rooms used by staff were "infested with rats and mice".

She said: "I had the scars for months. I raised it with my employers but they said there was no way of proving it was from the shop."

Other claims by Aishah include being asked to stay at work after fainting at the top of a ladder while working "continuous 12-hour shifts" and frequently having holiday requests refused and overtime unpaid.

Student covered in 'SNAKE SCALES' terrified to leave home - but doctors blame uni stress

In April, she raised a grievance against a store manager, saying she felt "bullied" and requested a move to another branch. It was denied.

Aishah said the lack of support was the "last straw" and she quit.

After leaving, she claims she was offered a job as a sales assistant at JD's Fort Kinnaird store – another demotion.

She turned it down and has launched legal action in relation to unfair dismissal and age discrimination, claiming she was subjected to "excessive working hours, unreasonable requests, unpaid wages and unpaid annual leave".

Credits: UGC MSN

JD Sports has denied all of Aishah's claims

Heartburn or heart attack, headache or brain tumour? Take our ultimate hypochondriac's quiz

She is seeking £1,442 for unfair dismissal, £30,000 for "injury to feelings", £21,990 of unpaid overtime and £5,479 in unused holidays – a total of £59,182.

Aishah, who is now working as an office admin assistant, said: "They don't feel any of my claims should be taken any further so I decided to go through the employment tribunal process."

In a letter to Aishah's lawyers, JD Sports denied all claims and said the action should be dismissed.

They also denied that the shop was infested with rats and mice.

They said: "There was a problem with rats in an alleyway behind the shop thought to emanate from a nearby restaurant but the issue was dealt with by the local authority."

A spokesman for JD said yesterday: "We will not comment on ongoing tribunal proceedings."

The UK's 10 best-paid jobs

The UK's 10 best-paid jobs


provided by