Wednesday, March 22, 2006; Posted: 4:43 a.m. EST (09:43 GMT)
BRISTOL, England (AP) -- A British teacher who says a noisy chair made classroom life a misery is suing her former employer for unfair dismissal.
Sue Storer, 48, told an employment tribunal Tuesday she was subjected to sexist and bullying behavior while working as deputy head teacher at Bedminster Down Secondary School in Bristol, southwest England.
Storer said the school failed to replace her chair, which made a "farting" noise whenever anyone sat on it, although other staff received new chairs.
She said the chair was a source of embarrassment, especially at parent-teacher evenings.
She also said male colleagues were favored over her and she was placed under an unfair amount of pressure.
"I had a nervous breakdown because of the ordeal I went through. It's just not fair that people can treat you like that," said Storer, who resigned in September. She said she would never teach again.
She is seeking a ruling that the school's behavior amounted to unfair dismissal and sexual discrimination, as well as compensation for lost earnings. The tribunal is expected to rule within the next two weeks.
What a nutjob. After the slapfight on the Snopes LJ feed over the moron who choked to death on marshmallows and managed to win 2 million dollars, I bring to you an even stupider lawsuit. I have no clue how england treats this sort of crap but I have some hopes that the US will soon move to clamp down on frivolous lawsuits. Not because we will finally be able to introduce Tort reform or anything like that....the trial lawyers association is one of the largest contributors to democratic coffers....but through the reconstituted supreme court. Alito seems to have his head screwed on straight when it comes to these assinine cases and hopefully he'll make his presence felt. Already one case on supposed whistleblowing rights is being reheard since it's a 4-4 tie now that O'Connor is gone. I hope they manage to knock this one back and give the guy involved a good kick in the head to boot.