Anyone who has come across a awkward litigant will sympathise with the following:

An employee brought a claim alleging race and disability discrimination. The case spanned 49 days over four years with the employee making inappropriate allegations against the tribunal including racism and stating that the panel were showing “repeated and racial Islamophobic allegiance with the respondents”.

The claimant, having discovered the Tribunal chairman was the school governor, made a Freedom of Information Act request to the school for information about the chairman, with a view to embarrassing the chairman. When this failed, he issued a freestanding race discrimination claim against the school, with a view to forcing the chairman to stand down due to a conflict of interest.

The proceedings were ultimately struck out because of the employee’s deliberate refusal to attend hearing dates. A swinging costs order was also made.