WRVS faces £100,000 claim by former employee

A former employee is suing the Women's Royal Voluntary Service for £100,000 plus expenses under the Protection from Harassment Act.

Susan Ilesley claims that she was left traumatised by her treatment by line managers during 2002 and 2003. The charity strenuously denied wrongdoing.

According to Tayside and Fife newspaper the Courier, Ms Ilesley claims in civil court papers submitted to Perth Sheriff Court that she was bullied and victimised by her line managers, who made her feel worthless and incompetent. She claimed the treatment and her subsequent demotion left her suffering panic attacks and other symptoms.

A spokeswoman for the WRVS said the charity took the allegations very seriously, but denied them absolutely. She said the charity would be unable to comment further until after the hearing. Ilesley was unavailable for comment.

The case has been adjourned. The WRVS spokeswoman said it would resume on 9 July.

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