Human resources consultant who claims boss ignored nuclear power plant bullying demands £1.17 million in compensation

A human resources consultant claimed that she did not take any action after she discovered that she had been bullied at the nuclear power plant, hoping to receive 1.17 million pounds in compensation.

Alison McDermott, 56, said that her contract with Sellafield was terminated in October 2018 after she reported “despicable” allegations of homophobic abuse and sexual harassment.


After she claimed that the owner of the Sellafield Nuclear Power Plant ignored bullying claims, the HR consultant hoped to receive £1.7 million in compensationCredit: Getty Images-Getty

Her claim was equivalent to £56,000 for each of the 21 days she was in control of the Cumbria Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

James Arnold of Ms. McDermott’s company Interim Diversity of Ilkley, West Yorks told the Leeds Employment Tribunal: “She raised concerns and she was brave to do so.”

But Sellafield and its head of human resources, Heather Roberts, said the transaction was terminated due to “deficiencies” in Ms. McDermott’s work on equality, diversity and inclusion.

Deshpal Panesar QC, representing Sellafield and Ms. Roberts, said: “Even before she filed a claim, the claimant sought a settlement of millions of pounds from the NDA.”

He told Leeds at the hearing that Ms. McDermott was “prepared to ruin” the careers of people she worked with.

The verdict follows.

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