24 November 2009
Whistleblower secures £442k in compensation
A former local authority employee who suffered harassment and was sacked after complaining about a new management appointment has been awarded a payout of £442,466.
Equalities officer Pauline Scanlon suggested that the procedure for filling the position had not followed the equal opportunities policy because the post had not been advertised.
She took legal action against Redcar and Cleveland Council - which has offices located in a range of places, including South Bank and Guisborough - after it initially suspended and then dismissed her in August 2004.
The 45-year-old had been on a salary of £25,000 when she lost her job.
Ms Scanlon said: "While I am delighted to have won the case and am relieved it is all over, it does not take away the fact that my career has been destroyed."
The council ruined her reputation, she added.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council revealed it is taking legal advice over the amount of compensation awarded.