UK Government settles civil servant bullying case against Home Secretary Priti Patel

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A former prime civil servant on the UK Home Office who had launched a dismissal declare after his resignation amid bullying allegations against Home Secretary Priti Patel has settled his case with the federal government, the Home Office mentioned on Thursday.

Sir Philip Rutnam had resigned as Permanent Secretary within the division final 12 months and was being represented by the FDA civil servants union in a “constructive dismissal” case, which was on account of be heard at an Employment Tribunal later this 12 months.

Patel had denied allegations of bullying within the division raised by him on the time. According to reviews, the decision of the case includes an undisclosed monetary settlement as nicely.

In its assertion, the UK authorities mentioned it “regrets the circumstances surrounding Sir Philip’s resignation”.

“The government and Sir Philip’s representatives have jointly concluded that it is in both parties’ best interests to reach a settlement at this stage rather than continuing to prepare for an Employment Tribunal,” a Home Office spokesperson mentioned.

“The government does not accept liability in this matter and it was right that the government defended the case,” the spokesperson mentioned.

In an announcement launched by means of the First Division Association (FDA), Rutnam mentioned: “I’m happy to say that the federal government has right now settled the claims that I introduced against them and which had been on account of be heard in an employment tribunal in September.

“This settlement resolves my own case. The FDA is continuing to pursue in separate proceedings the wider issues that have been raised. I now look forward to the next stages of my career.”

The high-profile resignation led the UK Cabinet Office to launch an inquiry into whether or not Patel had been in breach of the ministerial code.

The Indian-origin Cabinet minister, who has constantly had the backing of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, had apologised and burdened that “any upset I have caused was completely unintentional”. 

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