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Maximum Compensation Awarded Against An Post in Sexual Harassment Claim

posted 7 months ago

In Catherine Kelly v An Post ADJ-00040021 the Complainant lodged a complaint with the Workplace Relations Commission (“WRC”) under the Employment Equality Acts (the “Acts”) claiming that she was sexually harassed by a colleague and that the Respondent failed to deal with it appropriately.

Facts: The Complainant commenced employment with the Respondent as a postal operative on 3rd April 2017 and remained in employment at the time the matter came before the WRC.

The Complainant claimed that she was inappropriately touched by a postal sorter (Mr A) on 22nd February 2022 who she said put his hand on the inside of her right thigh and moved it down towards her knee. The Complainant claimed that she pushed Mr A away and shouted at him not to put his hands on her. She said that he replied stating “what, I only did this” and then touched her again in the same way. Another colleague, Ms B, was nearby, and the Complainant told her what had happened. According to the Complainant, this was not the first time Mr A had touched her inappropriately.

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