RE: FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 REQUEST
West Midlands Fire Service has now completed its search for the information requested on 3rd April 2032
Please find below a summary of our findings.
We only have figures from 2018 onwards. Please see below
2018 - No cases recorded of Bullying behaviour that was related to rumours or defamatory comments
2019 - 2 cases of Gross Misconduct related to defamatory comments but not rumours. Both awarded 18 month Final written warnings, did not go to an Employment Tribunal.
2020 - 1 case of Gross Misconduct involving 9 employees. Defamatory comments were part of but did not make up the whole case as there were other elements. 5 were summary dismissed, 2 had 18 month final written warnings, 1 had a 6 month warning and one was no case to answer as it was proved that they didn't participate with the group. 5 who were dismissed took us to an Employment Tribunal but their claims were dismissed by the tribunal panel.
2021 - No cases recorded of Bullying behaviour that was related to rumours or defamatory comments
2022 - No cases recorded of Bullying behaviour that was related to rumours or defamatory comments
2023 - 1 Gross Misconduct case of bullying behaviour related to rumours and defamatory comments case is currently ongoing from January with no outcome yet.
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