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The Hull City Council worker has accused his boss of making his life a misery
Claire Brown allegedly ruled her department at Hull City Council with a climate of fear.
But people were scared to speak out because her behaviour was “tolerated by the council”.
Adult supervision manager Paul Bartle claims he was bullied for ten years, but his bosses never took action against assistant head of service Mrs Brown.
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He eventually quit his job after 22 years at the council and is now claiming constructive dismissal.
He told the tribunal: “They talk about Hull being the City of Culture but at the council it was a culture of bullying.
“All I wanted was an apology. This woman made my life a misery for ten years.”
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Mr Bartle alleges that Claire Brown used to fear to run her department
He added: “It got to the point where I would have to stop my car on the way to work in the morning because I was in tears, having panic attacks.
This woman made my life a misery for ten years
“I felt physically sick just walking into the office because I felt so utterly undermined and redundant.
Yet it was my job to keep people safe in the city and I think I did that well.”
Mr Bartle said Mrs Brown regularly abused him by calling him a “f***wit” both to his face and in front of other colleagues.
He also said the term was used about other members of staff.
He said: “Colleagues would be left crying, nervous wrecks. I supported those others who were affected, some with a hug, some with informal supervision and most with a cup of strong tea.
“Witnesses are hard to come by as the council’s management culture is still oppressive and many still working there are too fearful to speak out.”
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Mr Bartle quit his job of 22 years because of the treatment he supposedly received
He also claimed Mrs Brown ignored his professional advice on placing vulnerable adults in care and other sensitive legal safeguarding issues.
Mr Bartle said he did not submit any formal grievance complaint against Mrs Brown because he knew previous complaints about her from other council staff had been “shredded”.
He claimed senior directors failed to tackle Mrs Brown about her behaviour until he finally submitted a so-called “dignity at work” complaint in 2014.
The hearing was told that Mrs Brown was given a warning after that complaint and has subsequently been dismissed.
Mr Bartle added: “I was forced to resign from a job I loved. “I miss the job, I miss the people and I miss helping to safeguard some of the most vulnerable in our community.
“The damage to me is physical, emotional and repetitional.
“I feel I was abandoned as a nuisance and an inconvenience when I blew the whistle on an appalling bullying culture in the council’s senior management.”
The hearing in Hull continues.