Saturday 23 November 2019

Clerical worker fails to prove bullying in €38,000 case against Rotunda Hospital

Ray Managh

A CLERICAL officer in Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital has accepted the finding of an internal inquiry which failed to uphold allegations of bullying by her.

After a three-day hearing in the Circuit Civil Court, Stephanie Memery, of the Boulevard, Grange Rath, Drogheda, Co Louth, settled her €38,000 personal injuries claim in which she alleged she had been intimidated and bullied by another member of staff.

Marguerite Bolger SC said the hospital’s Board of Governors in return accepted that “communication of her transfer from one department to another could have been managed more effectively”.

Ms Bolger, who appeared with Mark O’Connell for Ms Memery, said her client also acknowledged the support of her employer on her return to work following a period of certified sick leave.

Barrister Barbara McGrath, counsel for The Rotunda, told Circuit Court President, Mr Justice Raymond Groarke, that the hospital claimed in a full defence it was not liable for any injuries suffered by Ms Memery.

Ms McGrath said that in August 2009 Ms Memery had made a formal allegation of bullying against her team leader Julie McEvoy. The complaint had been thoroughly investigated under the hospital’s Dignity at Work Policy and the inquiry had concluded that an allegation of bullying could not be upheld.

Ms Memery had claimed she suffered psychological injury as a result of a culmination of a number of alleged incidents at work and had been transferred against her will from the patient admission area to laboratory work.

She said she had difficulties with Ms McEvoy from the start and she often felt belittled and intimidated. In cases where she used her own initiative she would be given out to.

Ms McEvoy denied she had ever bullied Ms Memery and told the court she had found the whole matter upsetting. She could not understand where the allegations of intimidation and bullying were coming from.

Judge Groarke struck out the proceedings with no order and congratulated the parties for having settled their differences.

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