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Former council director seeking payout over alleged discrimination

Former council director seeking payout over alleged discrimination

A former council executive is seeking a payout over alleged discrimination and unfair dismissal.

Sharon Shoesmith, the ex-director of Haringey's council's children's services, claims that she was treated "less favourably" than a man would have been in similar circumstances and therefore accuses the local authority, which is headquartered in Wood Green, London, of sex discrimination.

No figure has been put on her claim but it has been suggested that it could top £1 million if it is successful.

She was on a salary of £133,000 and had ten years left before she was due to retire when she lost her job.

Her claim states that she has "suffered and continues to suffer from clinically recognised psychiatric illness and has had suicidal thoughts following the severe stress and trauma caused by the termination of her employment".

Ms Shoesmith has submitted her claim to a Watford employment tribunal and a decision will later be made as to whether a hearing should go ahead.

The council has said it is to contest her claims.