Farting At Work = No Laughing Matter
I couldn't find anything in my employer's handbook about passing gas near someone constituting (get it? con-sti-TOOT-ing - lol) violating their worker rights...
An Australian engineer who claims his colleague repeatedly FARTED nearby and “thrusted his bum” at him, is hoping his bullying claim is successful on appeal.
David Hingst, 56, from Melbourne, had sought $1.8 million in a suit against his former employer Construction Engineering, but a judge blasted the case out of the Supreme Court last year, finding there was no bullying.
Hingst’s appeal came before the Court of Appeal on Monday, when he said “flatulence was a form of bullying”, and his ex-colleague Greg Short was a "serial farter".
Hingst said, “I would be sitting with my face to the wall and he would come into the room, which was small and had no windows”… He would fart behind me and walk away. He would do this five or six times a day.”
The structural engineer, said Short, his manager at the time, abused him over the phone and at times would taunt him with gestures. Now THAT sounds like actual bullying at work. Maybe, if he would have just kept his case to that, and left out the farting part, maybe the judge would have taken him more seriously.
The Court of Appeal judges will deliver their ruling on the appeal on Friday. Hopefully, they don't have anything to "gassy" for lunch and stink up the courtroom.