Serious allegations have been levelled at Northumberland County Council’s former and current chief executives by a disgruntled former employee. Sarah Kirk was in a managerial position in the authority’s HR service, but was selected for redundancy in the autumn of 2016 during a restructuring of the department.She is claiming unfair dismissal, automatically unfair dismissal (whistle-blowing), detriment, disability discrimination, harassment and victimisation.The council is also being accused of unfair dismissal and age discrimination by Chris Stephenson, who lost his job in the same process, at an employment tribunal hearing which started last Monday (October 1).The local authority has refuted and is contesting all of the claims.The key element of Mrs Kirk’s claims is that she was ‘engineered’ out of her job by the executive director of HR, Kelly Angus, after making two whistle-blowing complaints against the council’s senior management.The first public interest disclosure (PID) she claims she made related to alleged possible bullying of his PA by former director Barry Rowland, which was used to force him out of the council by former chief executive Steve Mason and then deputy but current chief executive Daljit Lally.In her witness statement, Mrs Kirk said it was her belief ‘that Daljit Lally was using… Read full this story
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