‘Femme fatale’ town clerk who was fired will receive damages in excess of £ 55,000

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‘Femme fatale’ town clerk fired amid ‘moral disapproval’ of her relationship with councilor when his wife died of Alzheimer’s disease is awarded damages of over £ 55,000

  • Jane Woodward was fired from Barnard Castle City Council in 2019
  • A tribunal has ruled in Mrs Woodward’s favor and awarded her £ 55,063
  • Ms. Woodward said her career was ‘completely destroyed’ after she was fired

A ‘femme fatale’ town clerk who was fired for ‘moral disapproval’ of her relationship with a councilor when his wife died of Alzheimer’s has received more than £ 55,063 in damages.

Jane Woodward was labeled a ‘gold digger’ in anonymous letters and town gossip before being fired from Barnard Castle City Council in 2019.

Mr. Peat resigned from the authority the same year.

Jane Woodward was labeled a 'gold digger' in anonymous letters and town gossip before being fired from her position on Barnard Castle City Council in 2019

Jane Woodward was labeled a ‘gold digger’ in anonymous letters and town gossip before being fired from her position on Barnard Castle City Council in 2019

Barnard Castle City Council will hold an extraordinary meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. to discuss the labor court ruling in favor of Jane Woodward, who said her career was left “ completely devastated ” after she was fired.

Barnard Castle Mayor John Blissett and Councilor Sandra Moorhouse were selected for criticism in the labor court.

A public meeting had been called to debate a vote of no confidence in councilors, but it was called off after it was confirmed that Durham County Council would investigate a complaint about a code of conduct against them.

A report by Judge Seamus Sweeney criticized the way the City Council treated Ms. Woodward and Councilors Blissett and Moorhouse, who did not approve of Ms. Woodward’s relationship with Mr. Peat primarily from a moral standpoint.

Barnard Castle Town Council (pictured) will hold an extraordinary meeting Wednesday at 6pm to discuss the labor court ruling in favor of Jane Woodward, who said her career was left `` completely devastated '' after she was fired.

Barnard Castle Town Council (pictured) will hold an extraordinary meeting Wednesday at 6pm to discuss the labor court ruling in favor of Jane Woodward, who said her career was left `` completely devastated '' after she was fired.

Barnard Castle Town Council (pictured) will hold an extraordinary meeting Wednesday at 6pm to discuss the labor court ruling in favor of Jane Woodward, who said her career was left “ completely devastated ” after she was fired.

Cllr Moorhouse regarded Mrs. Woodward as a kind of “femme fatale,” the judge said.

In 2019, Mr. Peat resigned from the authority and Ms. Woodward was later fired from her position after the board cited “ an irreparable rupture in the relationships between her and her colleagues and councilors. ”

Judge Sweeney awarded Mrs. Woodward £ 2,336 for unfair dismissal and £ 52,727 for disability discrimination because the council failed to make a “reasonable adjustment” for her depression and anxiety.

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