Don't try this at home because more than likely you will get caught. John Berry, 54, (above), a resident of Bristol and a serial litigant, has initiated actions against at least 60 businesses over three years even though he doesn't apply for the jobs.
Mr Berry bombards employers with claims of ageism because they use the words 'school leaver' or 'recent graduate' in job advertisements. He uses the government's tribunal service website to lodge age discrimination claims against recruitment agencies and other employers.
Once the firm becomes aware of the action, Berry emails his targets to warn them they can avoid an employment tribunal only by making him a 'settlement' payment of up to £3,500. To encourage companies to settle, Berry usually opts to hold the tribunal far away from where the business is based.
Berry's claims are consistently struck out by tribunal chairmen as 'misconceived' and 'vexatious' but businesses can still be left with legal bills of about £9,000 because Berry ignores orders to pay costs. He has had claims struck out in London, Exeter, Bedford, Ashford, Birmingham, Bristol, Liverpool, Watford and Southampton in the past two years.
A solicitor said they had found 57 such court decisions with Berry's name on them, but that could be just the tip of the iceberg as it doesn't take account of all those people who chose to settle and not fight.
As Mr Berry is looking for a job I assume he receives job-seekers allowance. It's time HMRC checked out his total income and the Ministry of Justice changed the online system.