Fairness at Work process characteristics breakdown: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Your request followed an earlier request about the Scottish Government’s Fairness at Work process (FOI/19/01911).

In your request, you asked for information about ‘the age, gender, disability, grade, qualification held length of service of both the complainant(s) and the respondent(s) and of course the outcome’. 


You have asked for information about Scottish Government employees and the Scottish Government’s Fairness at Work process.  This response therefore covers staff who are employed by the Scottish Government and who were either the respondent or the complainant in the Fairness at Work process.

While our aim is to provide information wherever possible, I am unable to provide all the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies.  That exemption applies because the information is personal data of a third party/parties, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Regulation 2016/679 and section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018.

Our response to your request is set out at the Annex.

Age Headcount
20-29 *
30-39 *
40-49 15
50-54 13
55-59 8
60-64 7
65+ *
Female 30
Male 24
Disability Status
Disabled 9
Not disabled 28
Unknown 17
A3 *
A4 *
B1 *
B2 6
B3 13
C1 10
C2 5
C3 *
NA 6
Length of Service
0 to 5 years 9
6 to 10 years 9
11 to 15 years 12
16 to 20 years 11
21 to 30 years 8
more than 30 years 5
All 54

To protect personal data, numbers of less than 5 are shown with *.

Complaint not upheld 16
Other 17

Due to the small numbers and to protect personal data, it is not possible to break down the outcomes into more specific categories. However “other” could include; informal resolution, disciplinary action, withdrawal of complaint.  

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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Email: ceu@gov.scot
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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