Melbourne, Australia: The Supreme Court of Victoria State, has dismissed an almost $2 million case against a construction firm after one of the company’s managers alleged workplace bullying by his boss for breaking wind daily at the workplace.
David Hingst, who was laid off, said that his boss Greg Short tormented him by constantly breaking wind, which finally led to depression, anxiety and physical injuries that equated to some 1,8 million Australian dollars.
According to the plaintiff, his supervisor lifted his bottom up from the chair and broke wind beside him, in a move that he then went on to do every day.
Hingst assessed the move as “abuse and humiliation,” and had to buy a room deodorant to spray Short with.
At one point Hingst even refused to use the same elevator with his supervisor, calling the latter “Mr. Stinker.”
Greg Short denied all the accusations but acknowledged that he could have pretended to be Breaking Wind to make a joke out of it.
The defendant said that Hingst could have perceived the farting as offensive due to his German origin, adding that “we, Australians, think that this is normal, it occurs from time to time.”
After listening to the parties, the judge ruled that Breaking Wind couldn’t be considered a case of workplace bullying, as Short didn’t want to “intimidate, cause sufferings or humiliate” the plaintiff, who may just be holding a grudge for losing his job.