Calling men 'bald' is sexist harassment, judges rule

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By Carina Murphy

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A panel of UK judges has ruled that calling a man "bald" is a form of sexist harassment.

The astonishing ruling was reached by three judges at a North Yorkshire tribunal - all of who have themselves suffered from hair loss, The Telegraph reports.

They concluded that calling a man bald at work is a form of discrimination - comparable to remarking on a woman's breast size.

The ruling was prompted by electrician Tony Finn, who brought a case against his former employers the British Bung Company when he was fired after almost 24 years of service.

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Finn - who is now set to receive full compensation - alleged that he had been the victim of sexual harassment because his supervisor Jamie King called him a "bald c***".

King's comment - which he made in 2019 - sparked an altercation between the two, and they almost came to blows. Finn claimed that following the incident he "feared for his personal safety", adding that he wasn't happy with his appearance being criticized publically.

Remarkably, the tribunal agreed with Finn, with lead judge Jonathan Brain deciding that King's comments were not only offensive - they were a form of harassment.

"This is strong language. Mr King crossed the line by making remarks personal to the claimant about his appearance," the tribunal found.

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"In our judgment, there is a connection between the word 'bald' on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other. We find it to be inherently related to sex," they continued.

Judges went on to draw comparisons between Finn's case and a much older one, in which a man was taken to tribunal for commenting on the size of his female co-worker's 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 tribunal said, adding: "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."

"The tribunal therefore determines that by referring to the claimant as a 'bald c***, Mr King's conduct 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," they concluded.

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Calling men 'bald' is sexist harassment, judges rule

vt-author-image

By Carina Murphy

Article saved!Article saved!

A panel of UK judges has ruled that calling a man "bald" is a form of sexist harassment.

The astonishing ruling was reached by three judges at a North Yorkshire tribunal - all of who have themselves suffered from hair loss, The Telegraph reports.

They concluded that calling a man bald at work is a form of discrimination - comparable to remarking on a woman's breast size.

The ruling was prompted by electrician Tony Finn, who brought a case against his former employers the British Bung Company when he was fired after almost 24 years of service.

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A bald man. Credit: SeventyFour Images / Alamy (Stock image)

Finn - who is now set to receive full compensation - alleged that he had been the victim of sexual harassment because his supervisor Jamie King called him a "bald c***".

King's comment - which he made in 2019 - sparked an altercation between the two, and they almost came to blows. Finn claimed that following the incident he "feared for his personal safety", adding that he wasn't happy with his appearance being criticized publically.

Remarkably, the tribunal agreed with Finn, with lead judge Jonathan Brain deciding that King's comments were not only offensive - they were a form of harassment.

"This is strong language. Mr King crossed the line by making remarks personal to the claimant about his appearance," the tribunal found.

wp-image-1263154396 size-full
Credit: Micheko Productions, Inh. Michele Vitucci / Alam

"In our judgment, there is a connection between the word 'bald' on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other. We find it to be inherently related to sex," they continued.

Judges went on to draw comparisons between Finn's case and a much older one, in which a man was taken to tribunal for commenting on the size of his female co-worker's 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 tribunal said, adding: "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."

"The tribunal therefore determines that by referring to the claimant as a 'bald c***, Mr King's conduct 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," they concluded.

Featured Image Credit: Johner Images / Alamy