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Started by Arjuna on May 13, 2022 9:56:59 AM
Phwoar! Look at the bald patch on him!

Calling a man “bald” is sexual harassment, an employment tribunal has ruled.

Hair loss is much more prevalent among men than women so using it to describe someone is a form of discrimination, a slaphead judge has concluded. Commenting on a man’s baldness in the workplace is equivalent to remarking on the size of a woman’s breasts, the finding suggests.

The ruling – made by a panel of three men who in making their judgment bemoaned their own lack of hair – comes in a case between a veteran electrician and the manufacturing firm where he was employed

Arjuna - 13 May 2022 09:57:34 (#1 of 40)

Tony Finn – who is in line for compensation – had worked for the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company for almost 24 years when he was fired in May last year. He took the company to the tribunal claiming, among other things, he had been the victim of sexual harassment after an incident with the factory supervisor, Ja'mie King

Finn alleged that during a shopfloor row in July 2019, King had referred to him as a “bald cunt”. The tribunal heard Finn was less upset by the “Anglo-Saxon” language than the comment on his appearance

widenation - 13 May 2022 10:04:44 (#2 of 40)

Last time I was in Tesco I noticed that I was the third baldy in a row that the woman had served. I mentioned this adding "It's your lucky day!".

Mazzarin - 13 May 2022 10:05:58 (#3 of 40)

Omitting cunt from the headline is absurd it changes the natured of the comment completely.

Although I don't get how it's sexual as opposed to abusive/bullying.

Mazzarin - 13 May 2022 10:07:47 (#4 of 40)

"The tribunal therefore determines that by referring to the claimant as a ‘bald cunt’ … Mr King’s conduct was unwanted, it was a violation of the claimant’s dignity, it created an intimidating environment for him, it was done for that purpose"


", and it related to the claimant’s sex.”


Dayraven - 13 May 2022 10:11:47 (#5 of 40)

The underlying behaviour is definitely awful, whatever the significance of referring to baldness in this context:

FleurDuMal - 13 May 2022 10:12:19 (#6 of 40)

King had referred to him as a “bald cunt”. The tribunal heard Finn was less upset by the “Anglo-Saxon” language than the comment on his appearance

I wonder if he posts on here?

RosyLovelady - 13 May 2022 10:14:29 (#7 of 40)

Is it ok to point and laugh at a woman with bad hair; or does such behaviour simply never happen, or if it does it's bad & wrong to say so?

thisonehasalittlehat - 13 May 2022 10:15:53 (#8 of 40)

I don't know. Why are you asking me?

RosyLovelady - 13 May 2022 10:17:10 (#9 of 40)

Shove and take your ignorance where it'll be appreciated.

popstar7 - 13 May 2022 10:17:15 (#10 of 40)

Although I haven’t called anyone a slaphead since round about when Whitney Houston’s first album came out, I would deeply regret any move to outlaw or otherwise remove that term from socially acceptable discourse.

Also ‘bald cunt’. In certain circumstances no other form of words is going to get the job done.

Arjuna - 13 May 2022 10:18:52 (#11 of 40)

i The ruling – made by a panel of three men who in making their judgment bemoaned their own lack of hair

The baldies are worse than the freemasons

Shadrack22 - 13 May 2022 10:20:51 (#12 of 40)

The British Bung Company sounds like something from a Carry On film.

ReverendBlueJeans - 13 May 2022 10:45:44 (#13 of 40)

exultantly brushes his luxuriant, if rather grey, crowning glory

Tagyourit - 13 May 2022 10:50:07 (#14 of 40)

We don't use the "g word" Rev, it's "autumnal blonde".

RosyLovelady - 13 May 2022 10:57:56 (#15 of 40)

Silver threads among the gold.

binturong - 13 May 2022 11:03:47 (#16 of 40)

Surely it is sex ist, rather than sex ual?

TheExcession - 13 May 2022 11:06:37 (#17 of 40)

It's a bit odd that baldness is looked upon as undesirable. It is of course a result of testosterone and therefore the mark of a Real Man. I say this as someone who is now going a bit thin on top and if I let my hair get too long I start to look like a windblown dandelion.

Comb-overs and toupes, on the other hand, are fair game.

RosyLovelady - 13 May 2022 11:08:48 (#18 of 40)

Weaves and extensions too.

ReverendBlueJeans - 13 May 2022 11:28:32 (#19 of 40)


Gah, sir, you talk wibble! A Real Man is one who looks Windswept and Interesting when, er, it's windy and his, ahem, ash-blond locks are tossed like fields of grain, but interestingly.

TheExcession - 13 May 2022 11:29:54 (#20 of 40)

Do you stare manfully into the distance whilst standing on a rocky outcropping?

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