13 December 2007
Dentist subjected to sexual and racial discrimination wins claim
A dentist from Aberdeen has won her claim for unfair dismissal, the Aberdeen Evening Express reports.
Sumithra Hewage, who had worked as an orthodontist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, told a hearing she had been subjected to sexual and racial discrimination.
The 52-year-old said she had been the victim of a "planned attack" after she had complained that the organisation's system was to blame for staff shortages.
Ms Hewage had been reduced to tears as a result of the actions of clinical managers Helen Strachan and Edith Munro during a meeting in 2003.
She resigned from her post as head of services for her department later that year and left the hospital altogether in 2005.
The tribunal ruled that the managers' attitude toward Ms Hewage had been "hostile and aggressive" and it is thought that the former dentist will be paid more than £100,000 by NHS Grampian, which provides services for the half-million people who live in the Grampian area.