Arlene McGovern v Ohana Day Care Limited [2023]

Posted In: Case Law
  • Decision Number
  • Legal Body
    Workplace Relations Commission (WRC)
  • Type of Claim / Jurisdiction
    Health and Safety, Whistleblowing (Protected Disclosures)
Issues covered: Protected Disclosure; Health and Safety


The Complainant worked in the Respondent’s creche from May 2016. The Complainant alleged she was penalised contrary to the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, for making a complaint about the ratio of staff to children in the crèche. The Complainant also submitted she was penalised for making a protected disclosure about the same issue. 

The Respondent’s position was whilst the Complainant asserted that the ratio in the rooms need to be in accordance with regulations, she did not make a protected disclosure in relation to a relevant wrongdoing.

In June 2021, at a meeting of staff with the owners, the Complainant raised issues she was concerned about.  The

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This article is correct at 23/05/2023

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