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An Employment Tribunal has ruled that an electrician suffered sexual harassment when his supervisor, Jamie King, called him a “bald cunt” during a heated exchange on the shop floor. Tony Finn had worked for British Bung Company for nearly 24 years before being fired following the argument. In its judgement the three (follicly challenged) male judges wrote “it is difficult to conclude other than that 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.”

King’s lawyers argued that women could also be bald and as such the term, while being an insult, was not a form a sexual harassment. The judges disagreed, citing a previous tribunal case where a man had been found to have sexually harassed a female colleague by commenting on the size of her breasts. “It is much more likely that a person on the receiving end of a comment such as that which was made in [that] case would be female,” the judges reasoned. “So too, it is much more likely that a person on the receiving end of a remark such as that made by Mr King would be male. Mr King made the remark with a view to hurting the claimant by commenting on his appearance which is often found amongst men. 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.”

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