Saturday 16 December 2017

Woman forced out of job by verbal abuse, court told

Tim Healy

A HOSPITAL cleaning supervisor claims she was forced out of her job by a failure of her bosses to deal with incidents in which she was allegedly verbally abused by fellow employees.

Geraldine McCarthy (51) claims the incidents at Limerick Hospital in Dooradoyle were not addressed, including one in which the husband of one employee physically attacked her.

She is suing her former employers ISS Ltd, trading as ISS Facility Services, and the HSE, arising out of what she says was her forced redundancy from her employment in May 2011. The defendants deny they are liable.

Mrs McCarthy, a separated mother of six from Limerick, claims she was unable to continue in the job because of an alleged failure to take action against members of staff who accosted and verbally abused her on five different occasions between May 2009 and July 2010. Gerald Tynan, for Mrs McCarthy, said she had worked in the hospital for 20 years as a cleaner before being promoted to the position of supervisor in May 2009.

On May 28, 2009, a cleaner and her husband approached her about a complaint which had been made by a nursing sister about her (the cleaner's) work believing it was she (McCarthy) who had made the complaint. The cleaner shouted abuse at her while her husband pushed Mrs McCarthy up against a wall, counsel said.

On January 15, 2010, an attendant became aggressive towards her. On June 30, 2010, a cleaner shouted at her when she told him he would not be able to go into the intensive care unit. In July 2010, there were two incidents when two employees verbally abused her, counsel said. Nothing was done by the defendants to deal with these incidents, counsel said.

The hearing continues.

Irish Independent

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