11 December 2009
Whistleblower sues council for victimisation
A whistleblower is suing her former employer over alleged victimisation, according to reports in the London Evening Standard.
Nevres Kemal raised concerns over Haringey Council's supposed mishandling of childcare cases in 2007 and claims she was forced out a month later.
Six months after the death of infant Peter Connelly in August 2007, she sent a letter to the Department of Health suggesting that the local authority's social services department was out of control.
She brought the victimisation claim against the local authority - which is headquartered in Wood Green, London - after it refused to interview her for a position when she responded to a national recruitment campaign.
The council tried to have her claim thrown out but its argument was rejected by a court, which said Ms Kemal has an "arguable case".
A spokesperson for the authority said: "We are confident the strength of our case will be clear at the substantive tribunal."