The Crown Prosecution Service is considering an application to restrict a prolific employment tribunal complainant after his latest failed attempt to bring proceedings over a legal trainee scheme.
A judgment published this week has detailed how Zakir Khan has made a string of claims, including two against the CPS, after applying for jobs and being rejected without interview. All of the claims were made under the Equality Act and alleged he suffered discrimination as a result of his disabilities.
Employment Judge Camp, sitting at the Birmingham tribunal, formally ended Khan's latest claim and described it as ‘totally without merit’. The CPS confirmed at the end of the preliminary hearing that an application may in future be made for an order preventing Khan from issuing any further employment tribunal proceedings without permission.
The tribunal heard that Khan had complained of disability discrimination in relation to the CPS legal trainee scheme. He said in his claim form that requirements for entry to the scheme – namely completion of the LPC – put in place barriers to stop him from applying. He explained that he did not hold the LPC because of the effects disabilities have had on him, and he lacked the funds to take the qualification.
It was revealed in the ruling that at the time the claim form was issued, Khan already had a ‘large number’ of similar claims in the system, including the two CPS cases. The first, and thus far the only one which has gone to trial, was against national firm Mills & Reeve, and was ‘wholly unsuccessful’.
The judge said Khan had confirmed earlier this month he did not intend to continue with the latest CPS proceedings, and this effectively constituted a withdrawal. Issuing an order for dismissal, the judge noted that ‘if anything, the present claim is even weaker than the previous one’, with Khan appearing not even to have contacted the CPS in relation to the trainee scheme.