Female employees known as ‘birds’ at ‘laddish’ council, tribunal hears
Senior officer claims unfair dismissal and discrimination, and says chief executive gave ‘Nazi-style salute’
Male employees referred to women as ‘birds’ and labelled one female colleague a ‘fatty’ as a “laddish, locker-room culture” took hold at a large council, an employment tribunal has heard.
Karen Whitmore, a former senior officer at Middlesbrough Council, is claiming unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination at the tribunal. She linked the issues to the appointment in 2014 of a new chief executive, Mike Robinson, who she said introduced the more ‘laddish’ culture.
Whitmore claimed she was bullied by current chief executive Tony Parkinson and undermined by Robinson – who has since retired – and said her concerns and complaints were ignored by the mayor, David Budd.
April 11, 2017