A UK court has ruled that calling a man “bald” is sexual harassment. This decision was made in the case of an electrician who assaulted the company where the person worked.
The Guardian reveals that Tony Finn worked for West Yorkshire-based British Pung for almost 24 years until he was fired in May last year. Finn was not satisfied with the end of his work relationship and decided to take the company to court, claiming that he had been sexually harassed after an incident with the supervisor of the factory where he worked.
Finn said the latter called him a “bald ***” during an argument with supervisor Jamie King. Plaintiff explained in court that he was more upset by the comments regarding his appearance than the language used by the employer.
A panel of three judges – three men who lamented that they did not have hair – considers it a form of discrimination to use the word bald to describe someone, as significant hair loss is more common among men than women.
Thus, the court affirmed that Tony Finn was entitled to receive compensation, the amount of which would be determined later.
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