L Mowday made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Y Weinyddiaeth Amddiffyn
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My reference: LSM/FOI/120909/09
Background. Statutory protections against discrimination have progressively been extended to the armed forces. Thus remedies under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 were applied to them in 1995 – see The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Application to Armed Forces etc) Regulations 1994 SI 1994 No 3276. As originally enacted the Race Relations Act 1976 allowed members of the armed forces to seek redress of complaints within the army's own procedures but not through industrial/employment tribunals – see Race Relations Act 1976 s.75(9) as originally enacted. That was changed by Armed Forces Act 1996 s.23(2) with effect from 1997. Prohibitions on discrimination have now been brought together in the Equality Act 2010 and the protections which it provides to employees apply also to the armed forces –see Equality Act 2010 s.83(3).
Further to s1(1) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000:
In how many employment tribunals was the MOD the defendant, in each of the years 1997-2011? For each year, please break down the number of tribunals by rank range of the claimant: Civilian, Junior Non-Commissioned Officers (Pte-Cpl), Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (Sgt-WO1), Junior Officers (2Lt-Capt), Field Officers (Maj-Col), and General Officers (defined for these purposes as Brig-Gen).
(1) For each year, and in each rank range, in how many employment tribunal cases was a finding made against the MOD? Please summarise the findings - to minimise cost and staff effort, summarising these in to general categories such as 'sexual harassment' and 'racial discrimination' is acceptable.
(2) For each year, and in each rank range, in how many employment tribunal cases was a financial award made against the MOD? Please document the amount of each award, and the total for each year.
(3) For each year, and in each rank range, in how many cases when an Employment Tribunal did not find against the MOD, was the claimant subsequently successful in appealing to the Employment Appeals Tribunal? For each, please summarise the findings, document the size of financial awards, and provide case names and neutral citation references.
(4) For each year 1997-2011, and separately for civilians and Royal Navy, Army and RAF personnel, please list how much the MOD spent on legal costs related to employment and employment appeals tribunals each year. As well as all other relevant factors, please include appropriate staff costs, i.e. capitation rates for dedicated staff in MOD, FLCs and subordinate HQs, or approximated fractional capitation rates where only part of a person's job involves employment and employment appeals tribunals work.
My preferred format to receive this information is by electronic means. If one part of this request can be answered sooner than others, please send that information first followed by any subsequent data. If you need any clarification of this request please feel free to email me. If FOI requests of a similar nature have already been asked could you please include your responses to those requests.
I note that under s16 of the Act, it is the MOD's duty to provide advice and assistance, so far as it would be reasonable to expect the authority to do so, to persons who make requests for information to it. Accordingly, if the MOD considers attempting to block release of information under s12 of the Act (exemption where cost of compliance exceeds appropriate limit), please a) provide a breakdown of costs, and b) explain what information *would* be releasable within the appropriate limit according to the department's purported calculations. I would, in that situation, apply for internal review, and ultimately apply for decision by the Information Commissioner, per s50 of the Act.
I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request, and I look forward to hearing from you within the 20-working day statutory time period.
This FOI request is now overdue. Please reply, if only to refuse to release the information, so I can proceed accordingly.
Dear Ms Mowday,
Please see attached email that was sent to you on the 5 October.
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