‘Gagged’ woman seek­ing £42,000

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment agency em­ployee who was pic­tured bound and gagged at work is seek­ing up to £42,000 in dam­ages over anony­mous cards she re­ceived.

At an em­ploy­ment tribunal in Aberdeen, DeeAnn Fitz­patrick claimed she ex­pe­ri­enced bul­ly­ing and ha­rass­ment af­ter she be­came a “whistle­blower” while em­ployed at Marine Scot­land.

In a pre­vi­ous hear­ing, Ms Fitz­patrick al­leged she was taped to a chair and gagged by col­leagues in 2010. How­ever, it is un­der­stood the tribunal is un­able to con­sider that al­le­ga­tion as it was said to have taken place more than three years be­fore the com­plaint was brought.

The 49-year-old Canadian na­tional pre­vi­ously said she felt in­tim­i­dated af­ter be­ing sent anony­mous cards, claim­ing she was tar­geted with sex­ual ha­rass­ment and for be­ing a woman, as well as over her age.

She al­leged two col­leagues – Derek Yule and Reid Anderson – were re­spon­si­ble for send­ing them.

The abuse is said to have taken place be­tween 2015 and 2017 while she was based in the gov­ern­ment body’s Scrab­ster of­fice.

An­drew Gib­son, rep­re­sent­ing Scot­tish min­is­ters, said the tribunal panel should “throw out” her case and de­scribed some of her claims as “sim­ply ridicu­lous”.

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