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NUIG health questionnaire ‘bordering on the misogynistic’ – Ó Clochartaigh

27 February, 2015

Galway Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has strongly criticised an occupational health questionnaire for prospective employees of the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG).

A story published today by the Galway City Tribune revealed that the university asked those applying for positions in the institution invasive questions, including that of menstrual cycle and prostate issues, but with a particular focus on women’s health.

Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“I think it’s a very invasive line of questioning to be asking any future employee. Some of the questions are totally out of order and bordering on the misogynistic in some cases. I can’t understand why any third level institution would ask prospective employees questions of this nature and intruding into people’s privacy in this way.  

“You would have to question the motivations are behind asking such questions.”

“If it’s about somebody’s competence to be able to do a job, underlying health issues could be ascertained but without going into so much detail. Such personal details should be dealt with in a less impersonal manner.  I can’t understand as to why you would ask such specific questions of somebody and I think it’s outrageous. I think an issue that the Equality Authority needs to look into.”

“I also think there are concerns about data protection. Who’s going to get this information? What’s this information being used for? Is there a danger that it could be used for reasons that are not stated on the form?”

“If you were to answer yes to any of these questions, are you going to be discriminated against? It’s absolutely unacceptable in this day and age. This is seriously in need of review.”

“This also has to be seen in the broader context of equality issues in the university. Women are not being treated in an equal manner in NUIG. This adds to ongoing calls for a total independent review of equality issues in the college. This is totally unacceptable and should be stopped immediately.” 

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