Sunderland social services launched an inquiry last October following accusations of physical and verbal harassment made by three women employees at a council advice centre. The eight month investigation, which reportedly stretched back two years, finished with a recommendation that no action be taken.
Now, reports the Journal, lawyers representing the women are arguing that both Sunderland City Council and the ruling Labour group failed in their duty by not acting after the investigation was over. Solicitor Stefan Cross said: 'We believe that the council has failed in its obligation to a member of staff.'
The councillor concerned denies allegations of harassment.