HOW TO DEAL WITH THREATENING JOB APPLICATIONS
August 3 2016.



In these days of increased litigation, how can employers protect themselves while ensuring they offer equal opportunities to all job applicants?


Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business and UK legislation is clear: all employees and applicants should be considered equally and given the same opportunity. However,in these days of increased litigation, how can employers protect themselves while ensuring they offer equal opportunities to all job applicants? 

Enrique Garcia is a consultant at ELAS specialising in employment law. He’s seen an increased number of threatening job applications recently. For example, an applicant may spell out reasons why they cannot follow due process for the application citing the Equality Act; they set out demands regarding interviews and say if they aren’t called for an interview then they will take the employer to an employment tribunal. Their demands could include the company paying for travel, overnight accommodation and all meals for them and a paid carer, as well as a laptop and relaxation room so they can prepare for the interview. They go on to specify the format of the interview and say again that they will take the employer to a tribunal if all demands are not met.

Take advice when you receive a threatening job application
Garcia says, ‘Such an applicant might be genuine but they could be a professional litigant who’s waiting for prospective employers to mess up. Clients who have received applications like these have understandably been extremely concerned; any employers who receive such an application should take care and seek advice before responding.’


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