08 April 2008
Senior council manager wins £26k at employment tribunal for unfair dismissal
A senior council manager who was made to resign from his position has been awarded £26,028 in compensation.
Tom McNeil's former employers at Aberdeen city council alleged he breached the confidentiality of a report and made defamatory remarks about a woman whom he claimed to have seen engaged in a sexual act in the office.
He had been accused of being a "story-teller" as a means of covering up his own behaviour.
However, a tribunal ruled that the 52-year-old had been constructively dismissed by the council - which serves a population of over 200,000 people.
Commenting on the case, Mr McNeil said: "The council has caused [itself] damage yet again and the taxpayers will be left to foot the bill for this 20-day tribunal. This has never been about the money, I just wanted to clear my name," the BBC reports.