PRESS RELEASE: Equality and Human Rights Commission investigation into the Metropolitan Police Service reveals significant weaknesses in handling of internal discrimination complaints.


A major investigation by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) into the Metropolitan Police Service’s (MPS) handling of internal discrimination complaints has been released today. The report reveals MPS police officers and staff that are of ethnic minority, gay or female and raise complaints of discrimination expect to be victimised and fear reprisals.


Prompted by the case of Carol Howard v MPS and the Employment Tribunal’s findings of gender and race discrimination and victimisation, the investigation focused on the MPS’s internal grievance and misconduct procedures following complaints of discrimination.


The EHRC findings are based on an extensive investigation and determined it was not possible to establish a breach of equality legislation, but revealed poor practices for dealing with complaints of discrimination and issues with the culture of the MPS.


Henrietta Hill QC of Doughty Street Chambers was one of the counsel instructed by the EHRC.


To view the EHRC press release click here.

To view the full report click here.

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