An employer was ordered to pay $21,000 compensation to a former employee by the Employment Relations Authority, after a personal grievance claim for unjustified dismissal, plus costs of $10,000.

The company failed to pay, so the employee obtained an enforcement order from the District Court and the bailiff seized $21,000.

The employer sought a stay on the judgment to prevent the Court paying the $21,000 to the employee pending an appeal to the Employment Court.

The Employment Court refused the stay because:

  1. The employer had not shown that the employee would be unable to repay the money if the appeal succeeded;
  2. There were doubts that the employer’s appeal was in good faith; and
  3. The employee would be injuriously affected by the stay by being kept out of her money for a long period pending the appeal.

The Court can therefore pay the seized funds to the employee.


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Employment Lawyer