21 September 2007
'Bullied' worker takes bosses to court
A county council worker from Suffolk has taken her bosses to an employment tribunal claiming that she had been the victim of bullying, the East Anglian Daily Times reports.
Kristal Robinson alleges that, after she blew the whistle on a colleague who, she says, was verbally abusing vulnerable adults in care, she became the target of harassment herself.
Speaking to the tribunal she said that her "whole world had collapsed" after she raised concerns over the behaviour of colleague Peter Eves.
The former day care officer stated: "I felt I had been victimised by making the complaint and by following the whistle-blowing procedure."
As well as claiming that she was harassed, Ms Robinson said that the confidentiality of her complaint was breached when other staff members were informed.
After becoming increasingly nervous over her treatment at work and following a maternity break, she could not face returning to work and was forced to seek medical help.
Figures recently released by the Tribunals Service suggest that the number of employment tribunals rose by 15 per cent in 2006-07 from the previous year.