Metropolitan Police discrimination complaints (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2014-07-23
Session date: 
July 23, 2014
Reference: 
2014/2742
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

The employment tribunal into the case of Metropolitan Police officer Carol Howard stated they were "very concerned that the Respondent's policy of not allowing Fairness at Work advisors to make assessments of discrimination and of instructing to delete them when they do so might mislead complainants and tribunals into believing the FAW Advisor has not found any discrimination when in fact he or she has done so." Please could you let me know when this policy was implemented, at what level it was agreed, and review all complaints of discrimination made during that period to assess if any were affected. Please will you also instruct the Met to drop this policy?

Answer

Answer for Metropolitan Police discrimination complaints (1)

Answer for Metropolitan Police discrimination complaints (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Internal MPS staff policies are a matter for the Commissioner. Practice (based on legal advice) at the time of this Employment Tribunal was that Fairness at Work investigators were advised as follows 'Take great care not to make any assessment regarding discrimination - this is not an advisor's role'.The MPS considered the determination of discrimination to be the role of legally qualified personnel.

This practice has been in place for some time and standard internal forms carried this guidance for investigators as detailed above. Shortly after the Carol Howard tribunal had concluded, the MPS removed this guidance on corporate FAW forms as part of a full review of the FAW policy which is currently underway.