11 March 2009
Ex-council official seeks compensation over alleged unfair dismissal
A former council official is taking her ex-employers to a tribunal over alleged unfair dismissal.
Sharon Shoesmith was sacked without a payout from her £100,000-a-year role as children's services chief at Haringey council in December last year.
The decision was made in the wake the well-publicised death of Baby P, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
Ms Shoesmith lodged the claim against the local authority last week, filing an application for unfair dismissal at a Watford employment tribunal.
The 56-year-old could receive up to £173,00 from the council, which has said it intends to contest the claim.
Recently, Ann Jay, a senior employment adviser at Citizens Advice in Cheshire, claimed that firms in the UK are increasingly using spurious reasons to reduce the size of their workforces in a bid to cut down on expenditure during the recession, the Guardian reported.
This, she said, is leading to an increase in worker grievances.