Council’s £65k tribunal bill

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A parish council has been embroiled in a £65,000 employment tribunal - after a clerk claimed she was victimised and forced to resign.

Patricia Whitehouse, aged 60, has been awarded £35,330.72 in compensation following a judge declaring she had been constructively dismissed from her role at Barlborough Parish Council.

Mrs Whitehouse, of Glebe View, Barlborough, took on the role in 2008.

She told the tribunal that almost as soon as she began working for the authority she faced abuse and felt some councillors ‘ganged up on her’.

Following a nine-day hearing a judge ruled Mrs Whitehouse had been constructively dismissed.

A parish council spokesman said: “The council accepted that decision. But significantly the tribunal, in its written judgement, made no findings in respect of allegations that Mrs Whitehouse made against individual councillors.”

He added: “The judge also said ‘she gave as good as she got’.”

The council also spent £30.057.32 in legal fees.