‘Gagged’ woman seeking £42,000
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”.