Calling men ‘bald’ at work is now considered sexual harassment in the UK

Insulting a man for being bald in the workplace amounts to sexual harassment in the UK, a panel of balding judges has ruled, according to a report released Thursday.

Hair loss is much more common in men than women, so the use of the term is “inherently related to sex” — and corresponds to commentary on the size of a woman’s breasts, according to the labor court, according to the UK Telegraph.

The finding – made by three judges who lament their own lack of locks in the verdict – came in the case of an electrician, Tony Finn, who sued a small family business in Yorkshire over the term.

Things first got hairy when one of Finn’s supervisors, Jamie King, reportedly referred to him as a ‘fat bald man’ and he was later fired from West Yorkshire-based British Bung, which makes wooden keg plugs, according to the outlet.

The accusation led the panel, led by Judge Jonathan Brain, to deliberate whether King’s baldness bash was simply offensive — or soared to levels of intimidation.

“In our view, there is a connection between the word ‘bald’ on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other,” the tribunal said. “We think it’s inherently related to sex.”

Bald man and woman with hair sitting behind laptop.
The judges ruled that the term baldness is “inherently related to sex,” and compared the use of the term to commentary on a woman’s breasts.
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The ruling noted that the company’s lawyer was “right to state that both women and men can be bald,” but claimed that “baldness is much more common in men than women.”

“It’s also much more likely that a person on the receiving end of a comment like Mr. King’s is male,” it added.

The finding also stated that criticizing Finn for his hairless head was “humiliating” and “humiliating”.

“This is strong language. While, as we can see, industrial language was the order of the day on this West Yorkshire factory floor, we believe Mr King crossed the line by making personal comments to the plaintiff about his appearance.”

“It is difficult to conclude that Mr. King uttered those words with the intent of violating.” [Mr. Finn’s] dignity and creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, degrading or abusive environment for him.” “In his own words, Mr King intended to threaten… [Mr. Finn] and insult him.”

In addition to confirming Finn’s sexual harassment charges, the tribunal ruled that the company had unfairly fired him after serving 24 years.

Finn’s financial compensation will be determined at a later date.

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