Workplace relations commission is paying compensation to a women asked if she was married and had kids during private secretary interview by a junior Minister in 2016
A lack of professionalism by the junior minister who knew he shouldn't be asking these questions
No parties are named and at the interview, the Junior Minister said to her “I shouldn’t be asking you this, but... ‘Are you a married woman?’ Do you have children? How old are your children?’.She thought she was capable and had time for the job otherwise she wouldn't have applied.In response, the government department stated that the minister of state was simply trying to put the complainant at her ease.
The questions asked were not intended to be intrusive and it was intended to be a “getting to know you” exercise and nothing in particular was meant by the line of questioning.
It was argued that the questions were asked in a particular context where the minister of state was anxious that any potential member of his team would be assured that he would be as flexible as he could be with them and in particular having regard to any external and or non-work commitments that they might have.
IT names John Halligan https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crim...view-1.3284370 as does the Indo now.
this is the WRC complaint/decision report
A Government Department Employee V A Government Department http://www.lrc.ie/en/Cases/2017/Octo...-00005366.html