SBC fights on over sacked £50,000-a-year official

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SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) is continuing to defend a claim for unfair dismissal lodged by a top official who was fired last July.

The case brought by Alan Hasson, who was sacked from his £50,000-a-year job as head of communities services, was considered at a case management discussion (CMD) of the Employment Tribunal Service, held in private in Edinburgh last Monday.

This procedural stage of the process was attended by the lawyer acting on behalf of Mr Hasson and a representative of the law firm McRoberts which has been instructed to defend the claim by SBC.

The case was continued until a further CMD which is due to be held within the next two months when a date for a full tribunal hearing is likely to be set.

Mr Hasson, who lives in Innerleithen, lost his job, in which he was responsible for the arts, museums, libraries and community learning, for allegedly assaulting a female colleague.

He denies the assault and alleges that, in the disciplinary process which followed the incident, the council discriminated against him on the basis of his gender and disability.