TJ Courier Chauffeur Express Ltd v Maharjan - Tribunal was entitled to rule against party that simply failed to attend hearing  EAT
There is no error of law if an employment tribunal accepts one party's evidence and rules in its favour when the other party - without explanation - simply fails attend the hearing.
Mr Maharjan was a chauffeur, working for TJ Courier. He brought a claim in the Employment Tribunal for unlawful deduction of wages; the usual orders were made for agreeing a bundle and exchange of witness statements and the case went ahead at the hearing. There was a bundle of documents and Mr Maharjan had two witnesses; TJ Courier did not attend. The employment tribunal ruled in Mr Maharjan's favour that he was an employee and that he was entitled to compensation of £3,424.50.