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Calling a man bald at work is sexual harassment, rules UK tribunal

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Calling a man bald at work constitutes sexual harassment, an employment tribunal in England has concluded. A three-member tribunal, led by Judge Jonathan Braine, had to determine whether a reference to someone’s lack of hair was merely an insult or amounted to harassment. The decision relates to an unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim brought by Tony Finn against the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company, where he worked as an electrician for 24 years before being fired in May last year. In our judgment, there is a connection between the word ‘bald’ on the one hand and a protected characteristic of sex on the other.” The Tribunal accepted that the counsel appearing for the company, British Bang Manufacturing Co. Ltd., was empowered to submit that women , as well as men, can go bald.

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“However, as all three members of the Tribunal would be protected, baldness is more prevalent in men than women. We find it to be inherently sex-related,” notes the decision. The case was heard in Sheffield in northern England in February and April this year. A future date will be set to determine Finn’s compensation following claims of sexual harassment, unfair dismissal. And the wrongful dismissal was upheld earlier this week. The related claim of age discrimination was rejected.

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The incident related to Finn’s complaint was in the context of a controversy in July 2019 when factory supervisor Jamie King reportedly mentioned his lack of hair during an argument. Finn told the Tribunal: I was working on a machine that I had to cover while waiting for specialist repairs. The covers were removed, and it was clear that Jamie King had done so. When I talked to him about it, he started calling me a stupid old bald cunt and threatened to deck me.’ Fearing for my personal safety, I went back to supervisor Eddie Hudson’s nearby office. Jamie continued his taunting of threats and abuse at the office door. It was spotted by Eddie. The tribunal concluded that King threatened the claimant with physical violence and made derogatory remarks about the age or appearance of the claimant. For example in the context of the previous case, he noted that it was believed that a woman was sexually discriminated against when a manager made the same remark to her about the size of her breasts.

, The Tribunal therefore determines that the conduct of Mr. King by referring to the claimant as bald vulva on 24 July 2019 was unwarranted, it was an infringement of the claimant’s dignity, it created an intimidating, etc. That purpose, and it pertains to the gender of the claimant, reads the judgment.

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