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Calling a man ‘bald’ is sexual harassment – Court rules

A tribunal in England has ruled that calling a man bald is tantamount to sexual harassment.

The decision followed a complaint filed by Tony Finn against the British Bung Company, situated in West Yorkshire.
The senior electrician had worked for the industrial firm for over 24 years before being sacked in May of last year.

He dragged his employers to the employment tribunal, claiming, among other things, that he had been the victim of sex harassment following an incident with factory supervisor Jamie King, according to dailymail.co.uk.

During an incident in July 2019, Finn alleged that King called him a “bald c***.”

During the case’s hearing, a panel of three bald men linked labeling a guy bald to remarking on a woman’s breasts, and said that mentioning Finn’s baldness was harassment.

“There is a relationship between the word “bald” on the one hand and the protected trait of sex on the other,” the panel led by Judge Jonathan stated, as quoted by the dailymail.co.uk.

“(The company’s lawyer) was correct in asserting that both men and women can be bald. Baldness is significantly more common in men than in women, as all three members of the Tribunal will attest.

“We believe it is inextricably linked to sex.”

To counter the firm’s argument, the panel cited a recent tribunal case in which a man was judged to have sexually harassed a lady by remarking on the size of her breasts.

To counter the firm’s argument, she mentioned the size of her breasts.

“A woman is significantly more likely to be the recipient of a comment like the one made in (that) situation.

“A person on the receiving end of a statement like Mr King’s is also considerably more likely to be male.

“Mr. King made the remark with the intention of injuring the claimant by criticizing his appearance, which is common among men.

“Mr King’s behavior was undesired, it was a violation of the claimant’s dignity, it produced a frightening environment for him, it was done for that purpose, and it linked to the claimant’s sex,” the Tribunal concludes.

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