‘Blonde jokes’ and sexual comments ruled not discriminatory

A
tribunal has ruled that jokes about female colleagues’ breasts and what
underwear they wore did not amount to discrimination.

Annie
Kitchen, who worked at the Express and Echo newspaper in Exeter, brought a
claim for sexual harassment against her boss after he made the comments and
called part of the office the ‘blonde corner’.

Advertising
executive, Paul Newman, called allegations of sexual harassment ‘laughable’ and
said his blonde jokes and other comments were taken out of context, according
to the Daily Mirror.

The
tribunal held the comments did not amount to discrimination and that there was
no evidence they were aimed at Kitchen.

Instead
it found that she had resigned after a colleague received an award nomination
and not because of sexism.

By Michael Millar

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