Calling a man bald can now be classified as sexual harassment, a judge at the UK Employment Tribunal has ruled.
Three members of the tribunal who made the decision, citing their own experience of hair loss, said men were more bald than women. Therefore, they argued that the use of the word “bald” as an insult related to a “protected feature of sexual characteristics”.
In a 1995 case, the tribunal compared a man’s baldness to a woman’s breast size.
The verdict, released on Wednesday, was based on a case in which Tony Finn was accused of insulting him while he was working as an electrician at a British bang manufacturing company.
Finn worked for a company that closed the wooden barrel for the brewing industry in Yorkshire, northeast of England, for almost 24 years. He was fired last year and his dismissal was part of the case.
Finn claimed he was called “Tak C —” and was also threatened by his shift supervisor, Jamie King, in a July 2019 dispute.
The tribunal determined that the use of this insult was a “violation of the claimant”. [Finn] Dignity, it created a scary … environment for her, it was done for that purpose and it has to do with the sexuality of the claimant. “
Tribunal members also suggested that the problem was not obscenity, but Finn was found to use such language in the workplace: “Although, as we have seen, industrial language was common on the floor of this West Yorkshire factory Has crossed the line by commenting. ”
Finn is ready to receive compensation from the tribunal’s verdict, although the amount has not yet been determined.
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