Completion of Marine Scotland ‘bullying’ review
Action to ensure acceptable working practices at Marine Scotland is under way after claims by a former worker of being taped to a chair at the agency’s Caithness base.
Scottish Government Permanent Secretary Leslie Evans carried out a review after images emerged showing ex-employee DeeAnn Fitzpatrick tied to the chair.
The government policy officer said: “Earlier this year I was asked by the First Minister to carry out a full review into the circumstances. I am clear that this was completely unacceptable, whatever the circumstances.
“A comprehensive internal review has now concluded. The Scottish Government has robust disciplinary procedures to address behaviour that falls below expected standards and I am satisfied that these have been followed thoroughly and objectively in relation to this incident.”
She said: “A broad set of actions are under way in Marine Scotland to ensure a working environment that meets both the Civil Service Code and Scottish Government Standards of Behaviour.”
She said she had an “unwavering commitment” to ensuring a positive environment for government staff.
Ms Fitzpatrick raised complaints against the agency at an employment tribunal in Aberdeen in June and her lawyer sought damages of up to £42,000.
The alleged chair incident could not be considered as it was too long ago.
The tribunal focused on accusations the 49-yearold received “threatening” cards on her birthday and Valentine’s Day between 2015 and 2017.
For Marine Scotland, solicitors Andrew Gibson argued there was no proof the letters were sent by her workmates.