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FOI Number: FOI23007

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Published on 28 March 2023

WMFS OFFICIAL – NEW – FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST – FOI23007 

Ref: FOI/23007 

RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST 

I am writing to confirm that the West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information you requested further to your freedom of information request. 

Please find below a summary of our findings. 

Request 

I am requesting the below under the freedom of information act. 

For each of the calendar years 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 please can you provide figures on the following: 

 
1. How many formal grievances have been raised with the service by members of staff and firefighters from an ethnic minority background regarding complaints of harassment, inappropriate language, behaviour and assault? 

Reply 

There have only been two formal grievances raised within this time period and both were in the year 2022 

Request 

2. How many claims have been submitted to employment tribunal regarding the above? 

Reply 

None 

Request 

3. How many of those claims have settled prior to a full remedy hearing? 

Reply 

None 

Request 

4. What was the settlement figure in each claim? 

Reply  

None 

Request 

5. How many of those settlements involved the signing of a non-disclosure agreement? 

Reply 

None 

Request 

6. How many grievance/discipline cases have been brought by the service in relation to Inappropriate behaviour/language/conduct* by an employee (*race discrimination or harassment)? 

Reply 

If you have any queries about this Freedom of Information request, please contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.  

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