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Greater than 5,000 present and former workers are looking for compensation from Morrisons after an information leak

Hundreds of Morrisons employees are suing the corporate after their private particulars had been posted on the web.

The Excessive Court docket motion is looking for to make the grocery store chain liable after a member of employees stole the info of practically 100,000 workers in 2014.

Andrew Skelton, an auditor at the firm’s Bradford head office, was jailed for eight years in 2015.

The employees are claiming compensation for the “upset and misery” triggered however Morrisons denies legal responsibility.

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Jonathan Barnes, counsel for five,518 former and present Morrisons workers, advised Mr Justice Langstaff in London the corporate had already been awarded £170,000 compensation towards Skelton.

He added that the trial decide mentioned Skelton needed to do the corporate “some actual injury”.

“The decide was certain that the staff had been victims too, and it’s these victims who’ve acquired no compensation for his or her misery or lack of management of the scenario,” Mr Barnes mentioned.

He mentioned it was a “easy criticism” by the staff who had been required to supply the knowledge after they joined Morrisons.

“We are saying that, having entrusted the knowledge to Morrisons, we should always now be compensated for the upset and misery attributable to what we are saying was a failure to maintain secure that data,” Mr Barnes advised the decide.

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Andrew Skelton was jailed for eight years after being discovered responsible of fraud in 2015

Throughout his trial at Bradford Crown Court docket, the jury heard Skelton’s motive for the info theft appeared to have been a grudge over a earlier incident the place he was accused of dealing in authorized highs at work.

The staff declare the leak uncovered them to the chance of id theft and potential monetary loss and Morrisons is liable for breaches of privateness, confidence and knowledge safety legal guidelines.

The trial, which is anxious solely with legal responsibility, is because of final two weeks.