22 November 2010
Discrimination at work damages total £500k for state worker
A public sector worker has received four compensation packages worth a combined £500,000 after accusing successive employers of discrimination and harassment.
The most recent settlement for Pauline Scanlon saw her receive about £480,000 from Redcar and Cleveland Council when she pursued damages for sex discrimination, "victimisation" and unfair dismissal, the Daily Telegraph reports.
She was also awarded £5,215 in 1996 after a tribunal backed her claims for sexual harassment and constructive dismissal against Liverpool City Council, where she worked as an estates action development officer.
Ms Scanlon received further settlements from the Liverpool Federation of Council Tenants and Residents Association and Pendle Council in Lancashire, which employed her from 2001 to 2002.
In a statement released through Unison, the 46-year-old said the Redcar case had caused her health problems and "years of stress".
"No one should ever have to put up with the kind of treatment that I suffered. Employers have a duty of care and a responsibility to protect their workforce," Ms Scanlon said.
According to recent figures from the Ministry of Justice, employment tribunals disposed of 112,400 claims in 2009-10, up 22 per cent on the previous year.
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Posted by Richard Saunders