Former Police Scotland officer hopes ‘torturous’ tribunal win will help women

Former Police Scotland officer hopes ‘torturous’ tribunal win will help women

A former armed response officer awarded nearly £1m by Police Scotland over victimisation said the past few years had been “torturous” and no amount of compensation could make up for the pain experienced. Rhona Malone began her action against the force after a senior police officer said he did not want to see two female armed officers deployed together when there were sufficient male staff on duty. An employment tribunal heard how Insp Keith Warhurst cited “the obvious differences in physical capacity” and a “balance of testosterone” as reasons for the decision. When Malone challenged Warhurst, he denied being sexist and threatened to suspend her from duty because she was not acting in a “calm/restrained and controlled manner”. The employment tribunal also heard of other instances of sexist and misogynistic …
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