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British sportswear Sports Direct has come under fire in Parliament over allegations it has not been paying the minimum wage. The FTSE 100 company owned by Mike Ashley has been in the spotlight after media reports that some workers effectively earned less than legal levels, claims denied by the company. MP Chuka Umunna said, "We know enough about the practices at Sports Direct ... to conclude that this company is a bad advert for British business and one with a culture of fear in the work place." HMRC is facing increasing pressure to launch an inquiry into the sportswear retailer.