A UK employment tribunal has ruled that calling a man “bald” is considered sexual harassment. He has come to this conclusion after Tony Finn, an electrician from Yorkshire County, denounced the company that had fired him alleging that he had been a victim of sexual harassment since his supervisor made derogatory comments about his baldness .
The court, which was made up of three male judges who, according to ‘The Guardian’, lamented their “own lack of hair”, ensures in the sentence that the factory supervisor, Jamie King, “crossed the line by making personal comments plaintiff about his physical appearance”. Furthermore, he compares the seriousness of these comments to talking about the size of a woman’s breasts.
“Mr. King uttered those words with the purpose of violating Finn’s dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for him,” the sentence concludes.
Thus, the court considers that there is “a connection” between the word ‘bald’ and sex, and added: “The company’s lawyer was right in stating that both women and men can be bald, but since the three members of this court endorse, baldness is much more frequent in men than in women, so we consider that it is intrinsically related to sex”.
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