During a recent employment tribunal, it was ruled that a woman was the victim of unfair dismissal.
According to reports in the Journal, wedding assistant Sue Husband was employed at Lumley Castle Hotel, which is situated in parklands overlooking the River Wear and Durham County Cricket Ground.
As part of a cost-cutting exercise, the 56-year-old was made redundant.
She subsequently registered a grievance with the hotel, claiming she had received glowing appraisals throughout her 18-year stint working there.
In a scoring system used to decide who would lose their jobs, managers at the firm marked her down as inflexible and said her future potential was "nil".
During a tribunal held in Newcastle, Ms Lumley represented herself with the help of her son.
She argued that she had been made redundant because of a dispute with bosses over a bonus scheme and unpaid holiday leave.
A spokeswoman for the hotel said: "We are sad that Mrs Husband's employment ended in acrimony."
She added that the organisation maintains that her selection for redundancy was right.