An equality champion at one of Britain’s biggest nuclear facilities has been accused of “bullying” behaviour, while staff allegedly faced “daily” discrimination on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation. Lesley Bowen, a HR director at Sellafield in Cumbria, acted with “bullying and intimidatory behaviour” towards an employee, according to claims made at a Leeds employment tribunal. It was also claimed that some employees faced serious and “daily” instances of discrimination on the basis of their perceived sexual orientation. Some employees’ careers had been “harmed” because it was thought they were not heterosexual, the tribunal was told. The claims were made in a case brought by senior consultant Alison McDermott, who is suing Sellafield and its owner, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). Ms McDermott alleges that her contract was terminated for whistleblowing after she raised concerns about the treatment of employees. She told the tribunal that the human resources department at Sellafield in Cumbria was “in disarray” between 2017 and 2018, amid allegations of bullying, harassment and “a legacy of cover-up”.
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