‘Gingerism’ – the next form of discrimination

Employment lawyers are warning that ‘Gingerism’ could be the next form of discrimination. In a recent case, red-haired waitress Sarah Primmer was awarded nearly £18,000 in compensation, after her boss had taunted her about the colour of her hair.

If the lawyers are right, many companies could be wide open for a claim. According to a recent survey in Personnel Today, many people think that having a laugh at red-heads is just acceptable workplace banter. It’s something that goes on all the time. But years ago, taunts about skin colour were considered to be just part of the rough-and-tumble of the workplace. Attitudes change and there is nothing like a few high-profile court cases for making people think again.

Sarah Primmer’s case was based on sexual harassment but aggrieved red-heads might find other grounds on which to bring a claim. As a friend of mine, who happens to be a ginger haired HR manager, pointed out, someone might bring a case on the basis of indirect racial discrimination, given that the vast majority of redheads are of white, north European extraction.  

Some ginger people, and a lot of employment lawyers, might be about to make large amounts of money.

Anyway, it gives me an excuse to post what would otherwise be a totally gratuitous picture of model Kate Dillon.

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6 Responses to ‘Gingerism’ – the next form of discrimination

  1. Matt Munro says:

    Ginger birds are well fit

  2. ..she is still a ginger dog though. probably has right hissy fits too and is crap on holiday because she hates the sun.

    Did I mention my boss is ginger…

  3. jameshigham says:

    CityUnslicker may be unreconstructed but he’s not wrong.

  4. Wolfie says:

    I just adore red hair, I think its so beautiful.

    Watching a redhead walking down the street with her long red locks glistening in the sunlight is purely mesmerizing.

    …I think I’ll just go and daub myself in woad.

  5. Surely gingerism is covered (as are most discrimination offences) by bullying in the workplace?

    Also, there’s a difference between ginger and auburn — does the law recognise that? Am I, as a politician, on dangerous ground here? Yes.

    I’ll stop then.

  6. Rick says:

    City-U and James are both wrong.

    I agree with Matt and Wolfie – I’m a big fan of redheads. Yes – even Hazel Blears!

    I wonder if this blog had any female readers. I bet it won’t after this.

    Gavin – I think you are probably right, although the anti-bullying provisions are less clear cut than discrimination legislation. If I were taking a case, I’d try and do it on the grounds of discrimination as you’d be more likely to get a result.

    But I also reckon we could abolish all discrimination legislation and replace it with a general protection against bullying. It would be fairer, IMHO.

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