Galway East Deputy Colm Keaveney has called for an immediate statement from NUIG following disturbing allegations of highly inappropriate questions asked during a job interview process.
It follows reports that the University asked job applicants to complete a form which included questions about their menstrual cycle and queried if they have ever had any gynaecological problems, breast problems or prostate problems.
The Fianna Fáil Deputy commented, “It is completely inappropriate that any employer would ask such deeply personal and invasive questions relating to a candidate’s health. It’s even more worrying when these allegations involve one of the most well respected and successful academic institutions in the country.
“NUIG’s international reputation is on the line here. I am calling on the University to immediately issue a statement about how it is handling these allegations. If it is true that candidates for posts at the University were indeed asked such invasive questions, I want to know now what action is being taken to apologise for any offence caused to candidates and to change this highly inappropriate interview process.
“NUIG is highly respected both at home and abroad for its world class teaching and academic standards, its highly qualified staff and its excellent research programmes. It is important that these high standards are reflected in its hiring policies. Our Universities have a responsibility to lead the way in implementing fair, balanced and above board hiring policies and NUIG has an important role to play in this.”