Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Farting woman loses case

A Bradford woman who said she was relentlessly taunted by colleagues because of chronic flatulence has had her claims dismissed by a tribunal.

The employment tribunal heard that the woman - who cannot be named because of a court ruling - suffered severe irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which she claimed led to an embarrassing wind problem at work.

The woman's lawyers claimed at the hearing that she was subjected to cruel jibes about a "terrible smell" and that a colleague mocked her saying: "She opens the windows because she is stinking the place out."

In another alleged incident, her line manager made an "unhumorous bowel joke" and another colleague made "exaggerated sniffing noises" in earshot of her.

However, her claims for disability and race discrimination and constructive dismissal have all now been dismissed by a panel of tribunal judges.

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