A man has claimed he was unfairly dismissed from his role as a mental health nurse because he was critical of management practices.
Yunus Bakhsh says that he was sacked from his position at Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Trust because he was a "thorn in the side" of bosses, the Sunday Sun reports.
He was suspended from his role in 2006 before being fired in July 2008 over accusations that he behaved in an abusive and threatening way to colleagues.
Mr Bakhsh, however, says he lost his position because he had spoken out against managers issuing themselves pay rises while also making cuts in the services provided by the trust - which serves a population of around 1.4 million.
He also states that the decision to get rid of him was partly racially motivated.
His claims include one that Kerry Cafferty, the author of an anonymous letter that precipitated the investigation into his behaviour, was a member of far right Facebook groups that had links with the BNP.
The case remains ongoing.