London: Office employee fired as bald, tribunal considers sexual harassment

London: Office employee fired as bald, tribunal considers sexual harassment

Calling a man bald in office amounts to sexual harassment, an employment tribunal in England has concluded. A three-member tribunal, led by Justice Jonathan Braine, was to determine whether a reference to the lack of hair in a human being was merely an insult or sexual harassment. The decision relates to his unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claim by Tony Finn against the West Yorkshire-based British Bung Company, where he worked as an electrician for 24 years before being fired in May last year.



The Tribunal held that the term bald was associated with sex, the  
Tribunal observed that in our judgment there is a relationship between the word 'bald' on the one hand and a protected characteristic of sex on the other. The Tribunal accepted that the counsel for the company British Bang Manufacturing Co Ltd rightly held that women and men can be bald. However, all three members of the tribunal agreed that baldness is more common in males than females. We find it naturally related to sex. 


The case was heard in Sheffield in northern England in February and April this year. A date will be set earlier this week to determine Finn's compensation after upholding his claims of sexual harassment, unfair dismissal and wrongful dismissal. However, a related claim of age discrimination was dismissed. The incident related to Finn's complaint was in the context of a controversy in July 2019 when factory supervisor Jamie King mocked his baldness during an argument. 

Finn told the tribunal, "I was working on a machine that I had to make special repairs to. The covers were removed, and it was clear that Jamie King had done so. When I talked to him about it he started calling me a stupid old bald man and threatened to remove me. Fearing for my personal safety, I went to Supervisor Eddie Hudson's office. Jamie continued with threats and abuse at the office door. Eddie saw it too. 

Indian-origin chartered accountant sentenced to five years 
An Indian-origin chartered accountant has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison by a UK court after he was found guilty of defrauding a vulnerable victim of assets worth £331,858. Sukhwinder Singh, 73, was sentenced on Thursday at York Crown Court in north-east England on four counts of fraud and one count of money laundering. The court found that the victim, who has been identified only as 'A', has social and physical disabilities and Singh deceived her by targeting her. 

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Do you know these things about Anthony Albanese who defeated Scott Morrison? Many challenges will be faced as Prime Minister

Do you know these things about Anthony Albanese who defeated Scott Morrison? Many challenges will be faced as Prime Minister

Australian voters have pushed for an end to nine years of Liberal rule in favor of a centre-left opposition that has promised strong action on climate change. To form a majority government, parties need a majority of 76 seats. The Labor Party's Anthony Albanese, who won the election, will now be the new Prime Minister of Australia. After the election results were out, Morrison said he would resign as leader of the Liberal Party. He said that he takes responsibility for his party's defeat. The Labor Party currently holds 73 seats, according to the Australian Electoral Commission. Early vote counts showed a strong bias toward Greens candidates and independents, who sought emissions cuts far beyond commitments made by Morrison's coalition.

Who is  Anthony  Albanese 

Albanese is one of Australia's longest-serving politicians and was briefly deputy prime minister under Kevin Rudd in 2013. He has earned a reputation as a defender of free healthcare, an advocate of LGBT rights, a Republican and a diehard rugby league fan. Albanese, 59, had a childhood spent by a single mother with the help of a disability pension. At the age of just 33, he reached Parliament in 1996 by winning the Sydney seat on a Labor Party ticket. In 2007, when Kevin Rudd's Labor Party came to power, Albanese was made Minister of Infrastructure and Transport. Due to internal strife in the party, the Prime Minister was changed and Anthony Albanese became Deputy Prime Minister. But his tenure as Deputy PM lasted only 10 weeks. His party lost in the next election.

 Challenges ahead for Albanese as Prime Minister?

One of Albanese's first priorities as prime minister will be to rebuild relations with foreign leaders, who Morrison says has neglected foreign policy in recent years. China recently signed a military agreement with the Solomon Islands near Australia, China is planning to build its first military base in the Pacific. On Tuesday, Albanians are expected to be in Tokyo for talks with quad members from the United States, India and Japan, where they will discuss priorities for safeguarding free passage in the Indo-Pacific. Voters have turned to the Labor Party over the Liberal Party's inaction on climate change. Marija Taflaga, director of the Australian Politics Study Center at the Australian National University, noted the vote's shift to the Greens. 

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