A woman who claims she was forced out of her job after bosses verbally attacked her partner during a speech at a company anniversary celebration has taken her case to an employment tribunal, the Journal reports.
Susan Parry says that a group of councillors, including her partner Michael Tansey, had been identified as "nutters" during the speech, which was delivered in front of hundreds of her colleagues.
Mr Tansey had been critical of her employer, home rental and purchase firm Gentoo, in his role as a Sunderland councillor.
Speaking at a recent employment tribunal, Ms Parry stated: "I felt like it was a personal attack on me. Many of the staff knew I was Michael's partner and they should have known it would upset me. Steps should have been taken to protect me."
Meanwhile, Gentoo rejects the mother of three's claims that she was forced to leave the firm due to the humiliation she suffered.