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Butlins Skyline Ltd & Smith v Beynon - re format of ET (claim and) response forms

An employment tribunal rejected an employer's response to an employee's claims of unfair dismissal and sex discrimination on the basis that the response was not on exactly the right type of form. The employer was thus not allowed to take any further part in the proceedings. The employer appealed and won.

The EAT pointed out that "there is no requirement in the Rules as to the size or nature of the text which is inserted onto the response form ... or as to the ability of the Tribunal staff to scan the completed response into their computer system".

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