Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Fresh Review by Assembly's Top Civil Servant

Today, Permanent Secretary Sir Jon Shortridge has announced that the Assembly Government is to hold an internal inquiry after a judge upheld complaints that a manager in the civil service sexually harassed a woman colleague.

An earlier internal inquiry found "insufficient evidence" to act but the assembly government's top civil servant has now launched another review. Sir Jon Shortridge said he was "very concerned" the court hearing had reached a different conclusion to their own internal investigation to consider whether assembly government procedures should be changed.

Sir Jon said:
I take very seriously my duty of care to all my staff...I am therefore very concerned that a recent civil case has reached a different conclusion on an allegation of sexual harassment of a former member of our staff from that reached by our own Dignity at Work investigation.

Because of this I have commissioned an independent legal review of the way in which our Dignity at Work investigation was undertaken.

I can decide what, if any, further action I should take in this case and whether our procedures need to be changed and improved because of it.
Along with Senedd Whip who has also posted on this, a cynical Miss Wagstaff wonders why closing the stable door after the horse has bolted will do any good.

Caring for Staff - Taking Care of Business - Public Relations - Clear Conscience...


Anonymous 16 January 2008 at 10:22  

Saw Ms Davies on the news last night. She really has it in for the Assembly Government. I got the impression that this is also payback for how they treated her at the time. I guess that revenge is sweet after all.

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