County officer loses claim of discrimination

PUBLISHED: 14:21 29 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:34 10 June 2010

A FORMER Devon County Council employee who claimed to have blown the lid on financial irregularities by her manager has lost her claim for discrimination at an industrial tribunal.

A FORMER Devon County Council employee who claimed to have blown the lid on financial irregularities by her manager has lost her claim for discrimination at an industrial tribunal.

Lorna Thomas, an administrator for the County Council's youth service claimed she had been discriminated against after raising concerns that her line manager had faked invoices to cover a budget overspend between 2005 and 2006.

After the initial hearing in July the tribunal had reserved judgment - but has now dismissed the claims.

Mrs Thomas told the tribunal she had become suspicious after doing some research into the organisations the invoices had ben made out to.

She said she could not find any evidence of the existence one of the organisations, Devon Media Trust, either on the web or in the phone book.

County bosses said that were already aware of the issues with the team's budget - and denied that her line manager had faked the invoices.

They added that problems arose because he had been on extended sick leave and formal contracts for funding were not always obtained - an issue it said had now been resolved.

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