Teacher Sues for Harassment Due to Farting Chair

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Sue Storer formerly taught at Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol, England, but resigned last September, saying she had been subjected to sexist and other harassing behavior at work.   While there is nothing funny about the allegations of sexism, the other claims are pretty good.

Storer told an employment tribunal on Tuesday that, among other things, the school had harassed her by failing to replace her chair, which she said made a “farting” noise whenever she sat on it.  She claimed that other staff received new chairs but she did not.  Storer told the tribunal that the chair was a “source of embarrassment, especially at parent-teacher meetings.” This added to the pressure Storer was allegedly under, and helped cause her resignation.

The tribunal is expected to rule within the next two weeks.