Amy Pieters takes Team SD Worx - Protime to court in a dispute over her "indefinite" contract

Amy Pieters has taken Team SD Worx - Protime to court. The 32-year-old Dutch woman wants the team to acknowledge that she has an indefinite contract and pay the outstanding wages. The rider suffered serious brain damage in a hard fall during 2021 training camp with the team.

Pieters currently has no source of income, as her employment with then SD Worx ended on January 1, 2023. "Through proceedings before the subdistrict court, she wants confirmation that her agreement with SD Worx, located in the municipality of Meerssen, counts as an employment contract for an indefinite period," local newspaper De Limburger reports the words of her lawyer.

SD Worx reportedly believes that this matter does not belong in the Dutch courts but should be raised with the arbitration committee of the international cycling association UCI. "However, the court in Maastricht did not agree to the cycling team's request," the relevant article states.

The central issue is therefore 'employment for an indefinite period', as a rider will never be in the peloton until the age of 67. According to Nick Poggenklaas, counsel for Pieters, that question is not relevant as nothing is specifically stated about it in the law. "I understand that this is annoying, but that is just the way it is regulated by law."

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