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UK court rules bald man is sexual harassment

Treating a bald man is considered sexual harassment, a British employment tribunal ruled on Wednesday.

Three members of the tribunal, which is a judicial body that hears labor disputes, said that baldness is more prevalent in men than in women, using the word “bald” as an insult therefore linked to a “protected characteristic of the sex,” according to CNBC.

The tribunal, whose members alluded to their own experiences with hair loss, also compared calling a man bald to commenting on the size of a woman’s breasts.

The decision was made on the basis of a complaint filed by Tony Finn, who worked as an electrician for the British Bung Manufacturing Company.

Finn worked at the company, which makes wooden keg closures for the brewing industry, in Yorkshire for almost 24 years before being made redundant last year.

Finn alleged that during a workplace argument in July 2019, his shift supervisor, Jamie King, called him “bald c**t”, according to the Guardian.

The panel noted that Finn hadn’t complained about the use of a four-letter word, but was offended at being called bald.

“We have little doubt that being referred to in this pejorative manner was undesirable behavior inasmuch as [Finn] was concerned,” the court concluded. “That’s strong language. Although, as we see, industrial language was commonplace at this West Yorkshire factory, in our view Mr King crossed the line by making personal remarks to the claimant about His look.

The panel noted that “IIt is difficult to conclude except that Mr. King said these words with the intention of violating [Finn’s] dignity and creating for him an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment”.

The judgment found that King intended to threaten and insult Finn and, added, “in our view, there is a connection between the word ‘bald’ on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other. go.”

The panel said that while the company’s attorney correctly noted that women can also go bald, he noted: “as the three members of the court will attest, baldness is much more prevalent in men than in women” and “wWe find this to be intrinsically linked to sex.

Although Finn won his claims for wrongful termination, wrongful termination, being subject to prejudice and sexual harassment, he lost an additional claim for age discrimination.

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