WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 15: Water droplets on the head of the bald linesman during the Premier League match between Watford FC and Cardiff City at Vicarage Road in Watford, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Calling a man “Bald” is now officially considered ‘Sexual Harassment’, at least it is now in England. The story goes, Tony Finn had worked for the British Bung Company for nearly 24 years before he was fired. It’s a silly name and I had to look it up. They are “a leading UK based manufacturer of traditional wooden cask closures for the brewing industry”. Mr. Finn was in an argument with his supervisor when his supervisor called him a ‘bald c***’. Some time after the firing, according to the daily mail, “He took them to the tribunal claiming, among other things, that he had been the victim of sex harassment following an incident with factory supervisor Jamie King.  The allegation resulted in the panel – led by Judge Jonathan Brain – deliberating on whether remarking on his baldness was simply insulting or actually harassment.  The panel said: ‘In our judgment, there is a connection between the word ”bald” on the one hand and the protected characteristic of sex on the other.”

Although women can be bald, too, the panel found that the condition was much more prevalent in the male sex. The judges compared calling a man bald to commenting on a woman’s breasts.

“‘The Tribunal therefore determines that by referring to the claimant as a ‘bald c***’…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.'”

Mr. Finn won claims of unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal, being subjected to detriments and sex harassment. His compensation will be determined at a later date.

So now that precedent has been established, even if it’s in England, I better not hear any more comments about my (lack of) hair. I’ll take you to court. That’s sexual harassment.

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