A town clerk has taken Thornaby council to an employment tribunal, accusing it of sexual discrimination.
Sandra Evans claims that councillors at the organisation bullied and intimidated her following a period of maternity and sickness leave, the Northern Echo reports.
The 28-year-old, who broke down into tears while giving evidence at a tribunal recently, said that, despite working as a clerk for a number of months, the council did not promote her to a full-time position, saying the job had gone to a better candidate.
According to Ms Evans, during her interview she had been asked about her childcare provision and told the post was full-time.
She stated: "I don't think a man would be made to feel that because he had two children he could not cope with a full-time job."
The council, which is based in the Stockton-on-Tees area, denies the claims and the case is ongoing.