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Six-figure sum for council director

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A Stoke-on-Trent City Council director who was fired last year while undergoing cancer treatment has agreed a six-figure out-of-court settlement with the authority after suing for libel and sex discrimination, according to the Sentinel newspaper.

Jeanette McGarry worked for Stoke-on-Trent City Council between June 2009 and April 2010, and brought two lawsuits against the authority over claims linked to her dismissal.

Both parties declined to confirm the value of the settlement, but the report put the figure at about £300,000, with around £130,000 being paid to Mrs McGarry, and £170,000 being paid to her solicitors, London-based Simon, Muirhead and Burton.

Mrs McGarry was paid £121,333 after leaving East Staffordshire BC “by mutual consent” in December 2008. Reasons for her departure were not given.

A councils statement said: “Without admission of liability, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and its insurers have paid Jeanette an undisclosed sum in settlement of her employment and libel claims. The council wishes Jeanette well in the future.”

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