Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Questions (166)

Shane Cassells


166. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the number of complaints of bullying and sexual harassment, respectively received by her Department in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [48030/19]

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Written answers (Question to Business)

My Department is committed to upholding the key aims of the Dignity at Work Policy, the Anti-Bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment policy for the Irish Civil Service.  My Department is also committed to providing a work environment free from any form of bullying, harassment or sexual harassment. Such behaviour is completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated.  Any complaints or issues raised in this area are treated seriously, fairly and in strict confidence.  Informal resolution and the use of mediation are strongly encouraged and explored before proceeding to formal investigation, and in many instances have proved successful in resolving matters.

During the period in question, one complaint was lodged in 2017 under Dignity at Work – the Civil Service Anti-bullying, Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policy.