‘Blonde jokes’ and sexual comments ruled not discriminatory

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

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’.

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.

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

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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