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Court rejects worker's £1m flatulence and bullying claim

Court rejects worker's £1m flatulence and bullying claim

A worker has lost a $2million (£1.09million) case against a company he contracted for after a judge dismissed claims that he was bullied by his supervisor’s passing of gas – Daily Mail reports.

The worker claimed that his supervisor, who provided labour for Construction Engineering Australia, would fart on or at him which he found humiliating.

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Comments (2)

  • OpsDir21
    OpsDir21
    Thu, 12 Apr 2018 9:16am BST
    I have come across this issue several times as a manger and it always proves contentious. Honesty is the best policy and often individuals are unaware of the affect they have on their colleagues. I would caution that sometimes the problem is of a medical nature so care has to be taken with the approach.

    As long as you have a good relationship with your staff then this is certainly something that should be tackled by line management.

    I agree that is certainly one of the most difficult conversations though.
  • Darren Street
    Darren Street
    Wed, 11 Apr 2018 1:17pm BST
    Sadly we are now in a sue culture society and the recent changes in the UK system makes it far to easy for employees to take a case to tribunal. I believe many claims are nothing more than simply extortion, often claims are settled before a company goes to court and it is deemed that a settlement has been agreed for financial benefits to both parties but again I feel this is to benefit the company from having to defend some of the ridiculous claims we are being faced with but also the embarrassment of a company standing before a court and being labelled as a bullying or sexually exploiting company etc. There are many genuine cases I am sure but even as a business we have been exposed to underhanded extortion in the past from a former employee and we are convinced that the former employee used this attempt to sue us to get herself out of heavy personal debt and it was seen as an easy route to a quick payout.