Successful legal cases
See below for some examples of successful legal cases taken by Equity around low pay and no pay issues.
- A succesful outcome in the world of theatre:
Equity successfully supported members in an Employment Tribunal claim for the minimum wage on a fringe theatre profit share production in March 2014.
Four actors had been engaged by Victor Sobchak and Shaban Arifi, trading as Theatre Collections Limited, to take part in a production of a play ‘Sappho’ at the Lord Stanley pub theatre, London. Following a series of problems during rehearsals, the play was cancelled and the performers were not paid anything for their time in rehearsals.
The Employment Tribunal found that the performers on a profit share were entitled to the minimum wage for the hours they worked, and ordered the respondents to pay all their overdue wages.
- An example case from the film industry as reported in Equity's Spring 2013 Magazine.
- Here is an example from the film industry featured in Equity Spring's 2011 Magazine.