Wednesday, 16 April 2008

And just who is paying for this nonsense?

A retired teacher who claimed that he was discriminated against because he was bald has lost his Industrial Tribunal hearing where he was claiming compensation from Falkirk Council.

Sixty one year old James Campbell who used to teach art at Denny High School had claimed that he was discriminated against because pupils would shout "baldy" at him. The three person Tribunal Chair ruled: "If baldness was to be regarded as an impairment then perhaps a physical feature such as a big nose, big ears or being smaller than average height might of themselves be regarded as an impairment under the DDA."

Thank goodness that he did make such a ruling or taxpayers would be paying out a fortune in claims such as this. Campbell should be made to pay the cost of the Employment Tribunal and I wonder how a spurious case such as this made it as fat as getting to Tribunal in the first place?

Campbell is further claiming constructive and unfair dismissal against the Council and these hearings will take place at a later date.

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