1. You are here:
  2. Home
  3. Campaigns
  4. Low Pay & No Pay
  5. Legal cases

Legal cases

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.

Our sister unions have also taken legal action in this area, take a look at these examples from BECTU and the NUJ.