Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 27 (Jan)
Court: Employment Appeal Tribunal

Maurice Kay J, Mr J Crosby, Mrs T Marsland

Judgment Dates: 14 January 2002


Unfair dismissal - Entitlement to compensation - Qualifying period of employment - Employee having contract with respondent relating to operation of service station - Agreement terminated within period of one year - Preliminary hearing to establish whether employee having sufficient service to meet qualification period - Employment tribunal issuing costs warning to employee stating that if she persisted with claim costs would not necessarily be restricted to £500 limit - Whether tribunal unfairly oppressing employee.

The Case

An employment tribunal had acted unfairly and oppressively when it had issued a 'costs warning' to a litigant which had indicated that whilst her case did not appear to be abusive, the price of failure could be very substantial.

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