Friday, March 24, 2006

Teacher seeks £1 million over 'farting' chair

The deputy head of a large British school was forced to sit in a chair that made flatulent noises every time she moved, an employment tribunal has heard.

Sue Storer, 48, claims her requests for a new chair were repeatedly ignored and she was "victimised, harassed and bullied" because she was a woman.

Ms Storer told the tribunal her two joint deputy heads, who were both men, were given new "executive" chairs without having to ask, whereas she continually had to apologise to pupils, parents and other teachers for the noises.

She has resigned from her £48,000-a-year ($116,700) post at Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol and is claiming more than £1 million, based on lost earnings and loss of pension, against Bristol City Council for constructive dismissal and sex discrimination.

The Times

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