Written Answers. - Alleged Sexual Harassment.

Liz O'Donnell


175 Ms O'Donnell asked the Minister for Finance the number of claims of alleged sexual harassment that have been made in each Government Department in each of the last three years; the outcome of those cases when pursued; the number that were pursued to settlement; if he will give details of the process for the investigation of such allegations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1114/94]

It is the policy of the Civil Service that all employees should be free to perform their duties without sexual harassment. Guidelines for dealing with sexual harassment in the Civil Service were issued by my Department in 1990 and circulated to all staff. These guidelines include the procedures for investigating allegations of sexual harassment.

A summary of the number of complaints of sexual harassment made to personnel officers in the Civil Service in each of the last three calendar years is as follows. In view of the extreme sensitivity of the data, particularly in Departments or offices with a small number of staff where the information could be used for the identification of staff, the figures are not given by Department.

Formal complaints of sexual harassment made in the Civil Service in the years 1991-1993



Sex of complainants






1 male, 1 female

1 upheld, disciplinary action taken;

1 not upheld.



4 female

2 upheld, disciplinary action taken in 1 case; action other than disciplinary action taken in the other case;

2 not upheld.

In addition, there were nine informal complaints made by women in 1993. Appropriate action was taken in all cases. There were no informal complaints made in 1991 or 1992.