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FOI / 3763 / 2018 - Sexual harassment

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Please see below the answers to your request.

Initial request:

I would like to know how the number of sexual harassment reports relating to employees in your organisation has changed over time.

Could you please give me the total number of sexual harassment reports made against an employee of your organisation in each of the following years: 2014; 2015; 2016; 2017; 2018 (so far).

I am happy for the year to be either calendar or financial, depending on what is easiest to retrieve the information.

For each report of sexual harassment, please could you send the following:

Who was the allegation about? (appreciate you cannot name the person but could you tell me what department they worked at and at what level of seniority e.g. manager.

 Who made the allegation? (Again, I realise you cannot name the person, but if you could say whether it was a co-worker or member of the public that would be appreciated)

Brief details of the allegation (e.g. was it an isolated incident, ongoing pattern of behaviour) Was the allegation historical or contemporaneous?

What was the outcome? (E.g. upheld, dismissed or not yet determined)

In cases where an employ is found to have been guilty of sexual harassment, what sanctions were taken against them? (E.g dismissed/fined/ordered to attend course)

Final response:

There have been four cases of sexual harassment reports made against an employee of ECFRS between 2014 and 2018 (to date). Due to the low number of reports we will not provide a breakdown by year as this could make them identifiable.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request you have the right to apply for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of your original email and should be addressed to: Internal Review, Performance & Data Team, Kelvedon Park, Rivenhall, Witham, Essex CM8 3HB

Please note that the response and data released to you as part of this request will be published on the Essex County Fire & Rescue Service website. The website address is All requests will be anonymised and no personal information including contact details will be disclosed as part of this process.

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