Sacked town clerk seeks more than £80,000 in compensation

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Sacked Wisbech Town Council Clerk Erbie Murat is claiming £80,000 in compensation and is taking his former employers to an employment tribunal over his dismissal last November.

Mr Murat has submitted papers to the employment tribunal at Bury St Edmunds and is now awaiting a hearing date.

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In the paperwork, a copy of which has been passed to the Citizen, Mr Murat who was earning just under £35,500 a year as clerk, alleges he was unfairly dismissed and also suffered race discrimination.

He also states that he is not seeking to get his old job back but is simply wanting compensation and also a guidance on his claims of race discrimination.

Mr Murat held the post of Town Clerk from November 2007 until he was summarily dismissed after an appeal hearing last November.

He is looking for a basic award of £3,375, with a compensatory award of £74,200, plus a sum to be determined for ‘injury to feelings’ together with £1,766.54 to cover an ‘unlawful deduction of wages’ and a further sum of compensation to cover the loss of earnings.

Mr Murat, who has not acted as Town Clerk since he was suspended from the post in January last year prior to his dismissal, has always stated he would fight the council over the way he has been treated, alleging he has been harassed and was unfairly dismissed.

The town council has remained tight-lipped over the issue, other than to state when and why Mr Murat was dismissed claiming the matter should remain mostly confidential as it deals with staffing issues.

The council voted to summarily dismiss Mr Murat at an extraordinary meeting on November 18 after agreeing with the findings of the disciplinary panel held on the same day: that Mr Murat caused or permitted unauthorised persons to have access to the IT system of Wisbech Town Council; Mr Murat breached or knowingly allowed or permitted to be breached the security of Wisbech Town Council’s computer system; Mr Murat caused or allowed the compilation and retention of data on Wisbech Town Council’s IT system about third parties knowledge or consent thereby breaching data protection legislation.