BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 February 2008, 16:57 GMT
Council manager 'was sex bully'
Tom McNeil [Pic: Newsline]
Tom McNeil was accused of being a bully himself
A senior council manager invented claims of workplace sex to cover up his own regime of sexual harassment and drinking, a tribunal has heard.

Tom McNeil, 52, claims he was forced to leave his Aberdeen City Council job after reporting two colleagues for engaging in sex acts.

Mary Kearns, representing Aberdeen City Council, said Mr McNeil was a story teller.

The tribunal has now drawn to a close and a ruling will follow later.

Mr McNeil claimed he saw a woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, performing a sex act on then director of sport and leisure Brian Woodcock.

'Three pinters'

However, the tribunal was told Mr McNeil had concocted the stories to divert attention from his own behaviour.

Mrs Kearns said Mr McNeil was a sexual harasser who addressed female employees in a flippant manner and often used sexual innuendo.

She said: "He referred to them as 'two or three pinters' - referring to how many pints one would need to sleep with them."

Mrs Kearns said he referred to one staff member as "big boobs".

He allegedly said another female employee had great breasts but it was a "shame about the thighs".

Fallen out

Mrs Kearns said Mr McNeil's allegations about the sex acts in council offices were made out of malice to divert attention from his own acts of gross misconduct.

She said the comments were defamatory, untrue and had not been corroborated.

She said the woman had once been a favourite of Mr McNeil's but she had fallen out with him.

Mrs Kearns said: "He attempted to undermine the position of the female colleague by making allegations about her conduct and bullying her.

"His general management style was one of deliberate bullying, harassment, including sexual harassment."

The tribunal, which began last July, had previously heard that Mr McNeil was the subject of a "witch hunt" instigated by the woman at the centre of a sex scandal.

SEE ALSO
Council boss claims 'witch hunt'
18 Feb 08 |  North East/N Isles
Sexual act claims 'were ignored'
05 Feb 08 |  North East/N Isles
Workers 'had sex on double time'
04 Feb 08 |  North East/N Isles
Work accuser 'was flirt himself'
01 Aug 07 |  North East/N Isles
Woman denies tribunal allegations
26 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Sex 'used for staff promotions'
25 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Council chief 'knew about affair'
24 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Staff 'feared jobs would be lost'
20 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Council staff in threesome jibes
19 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Council boss 'taped up letterbox'
18 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Council staff 'traded sex' claim
17 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles
Council worker 'slept with boss'
16 Jul 07 |  North East/N Isles

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific