Taxpayers are facing a compensation bill of nearly £30,000 after a tribunal ruled yesterday that two former senior civil servants, one of whom was later suspended amid allegations of bullying, fabricated evidence in the case of an executive who quit over the way they handled her grievance.
The Scottish Government has been ordered to pay the compensation to Leanne Gardner who went off sick with work-related stress after only 42 days in a new job. She was responsible for supervising staff handling planning appeals at the Inquiries Reporters Unit in Falkirk.
She never returned and eventually resigned over the handling of her complaints.
A Glasgow employment tribunal said that correspondence had been fabricated by Susan Beevers, then head of human resources, and Sally Carruthers, director of change in corporate services, who had pretended she had reviewed Ms Beevers' actions.
Ms Beevers and Ms Carruthers were in charge of personnel issues for the entire Scottish Executive. Both were directly appointed imports. A humble apology from the senior management of the Scottish Executive would not be out of place - they appointed these people and never had the guts to sack them. Does Sir John Elvidge have anything to say?