Christine Pratt, chief executive of the National Bullying Helpline, claims her charity has received three or four calls from Downing Street in recent years.
The charitys patron, Professor Cary Cooper, resigned from his position on Monday morning, claiming Pratts revelations had breached confidentiality. An expert on workplace stress, Prof Cooper told the BBC that he was really upset by the situation, and that revealing this information was wholly inappropriate.
He said: As a helpline or counselling service you never, ever reveal anything to do with when a client calls you in any way.
The revelation comes as a new book by the Observers chief political commentator Andrew Rawnsley, which is being serialised in the paper this week, claims Gordon Brown has been known to intimidate members of his staff with his abusive outbursts.
A Downing Street spokesman has described the allegations as malicious and totally without foundation.
Jon Loney, Partner and Head of Employment Team at Trethowans, said: Whether or not the allegations are true employers and managers who bully staff in an age when everyone is aware of their rights make a mistake that they are likely to regret.
The short term relief at letting off steam at an employee may well carry a heavy price.
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