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MoD response to reduction of harassment award to ex-soldier

According to the Birmingham Post on 15 Oct 2009, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The MoD has noted the Employment Appeal Tribunal’s Judgment and is considering its implications to see what lessons can be learned for the future.

“The MoD takes this further opportunity to apologise to Ms Fletcher for the conduct towards her, which was found in the Leeds Employment Tribunal judgment to be discriminatory.

“There is no place for harassment or discrimination of any sort in the Armed Forces and we are committed at the highest levels of leadership to dealing with it.”

BAFF comment

The MoD's reaction is sensible and we welcome the apology to Lance Bombardier Kerry Fletcher and the commitment to deal with harassment or bullying of any kind. It is true that a few individual members of the excellent Army Rumour Service website have been queuing up to rejoice in the reduction of Ms Fletcher's award, in some cases in totally unacceptable terms amounting to online bullying.

Members of the armed forces are no saints, nor are they known for political correctness, but we hear that the vast majority of those concerned are no longer serving.


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