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calling a man bald counts as sexual harassment: Calling a man bald in the workplace falls within the purview of sexual harassment, an employment tribunal in England has concluded: Employment Tribunal has ruled

calling a man bald counts as sexual harassment: Calling a man bald in the workplace falls within the purview of sexual harassment, an employment tribunal in England has concluded: Employment Tribunal has ruled
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calling a man bald counts as sexual harassment: Calling a man bald in the workplace falls within the purview of sexual harassment, an employment tribunal in England has concluded: Employment Tribunal has ruled

London: Employees working in the office often jokingly call a fellow with less hair bald. But now in Britain, using this word can lead to jail air. In fact, a UK employment tribunal has said that calling someone bald at the workplace amounts to sexual harassment. The three-member tribunal, headed by Justice Jonathan Braine, had to decide whether mentioning a person having short hair was an insult or tantamount to harassment.

The employee of the company had accused of sexual discrimination
A man named Tony Finn filed an allegation of unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination against the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company. Finn was fired from the company in May last year. Finn worked in the company as an electrician for 24 years. In its judgment, the tribunal said, “In our judgment, there is a relationship between the word ‘bald’ on the one hand and a protected characteristic of sex on the other.

Lawyer’s argument – baldness is more visible in men than women
The tribunal accepted that the contention of the counsel appearing for the British Bang Company Limited was justified that men can be bald along with women. The verdict said that baldness is more commonly seen in men than women and we find it naturally related to sex.

Court will give decision regarding compensation
The case was heard in Sheffield in northern England in February and April. Earlier this week Finn’s claims of sexual harassment, unfair and wrongful dismissal were upheld. A future date will be set to make a decision regarding the compensation that Finn will receive.

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