Serial litigant blocked by the Employment Tribunal

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Serial litigant blocked by the Employment Tribunal

A claimant who began 31 different sets of employment tribunal proceedings over 28 months has been informed he can bring no more cases without the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s express permission.

Anthony Bentley, who claims in his CV to be a qualified photographer and entertainer, had issued proceedings for age discrimination and in some cases disability discrimination across the country for over 2 years. He issued proceedings in Manchester, Exeter, Sheffield and London.

Mr Bentley’s modus operandi would be to either apply for a job or inform the would-be employer he was available for work, and then when he did not receive a job offer, he would issue proceedings.

He attended no hearings and (unsurprisingly) none of his claims, all made between 3 June 2009 and 29 September 2011, was successful.

The Employment Appeal Tribunal confirmed it has imposed an indefinite ‘restriction of proceedings order’ on Bentley under section 33 of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996. This prevents him from starting or continuing any proceedings before an employment tribunal or the EAT without the EAT’s direct permission. Sorry Mr Bentley, you’ll just have to find a different hobby….