‘Ginger’ taunts about red hair could be next big form of workplace discrimination

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.

This story was first published on Personnel Today

Filed in: culture, employment practice, equality, ginger, workplace, workplace discrimination • Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

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