A tribunal decision has prompted new fears that ‘gingerism’ could be the next big form of workplace discrimination.
Last week, a waitress was awarded £17,618 compensation for unfair dismissal over taunts about her red hair.
Sarah Primmer suffered a series of lewd and embarrassing comments and was eventually sacked from her job.
Personnel Today research earlier this year revealed 81% of readers thought it was acceptable to tease people about ginger hair.
A culture of ‘lookism’ is now emerging in the workplace, with gingers often the butt of office jokes, the survey said.