Was it a stinker of a decision? Employee appeals after judge rules farting wasn't workplace bullying
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A former contract administrator with an Australian construction firm in Melbourne wants an appeals court to reinstate his lawsuit of $1.28 million in U.S. currency ($1.8 million in Australian currency) claiming his boss bullied him by repeatedly farting on him.
He is seeking the money for the psychiatric injuries he said he suffered while working at the company, Construction Engineering.
Hingst, 56, claims he didn’t get a fair trial before the Supreme Court of Victoria judge who ruled against him.
Hingst had contended that the farting supervisor and other corporate officials were trying to marginalize him and force him out of the company, according to prior coverage by News.com.au. The supervisor would regularly “lift his bum and fart” on him, Hingst had alleged.
Hingst had dubbed the supervisor “Mr. Stinky” and sprayed deodorant on him, according to trial testimony cited by News.com.au.
Hingst also had claimed that his supervisor bullied him by telling him on a phone call that he wasn’t worth his salary.
Hingst’s supervisor had testified at trial that he might have farted “once or twice, maybe,” but he doesn’t recall doing it. The judge cited testimony from another employee that there was some inappropriate behavior at the office, including passing wind, but it was “typical banter or mucking around.”
The Court of Appeal ruling is expected Friday.