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18 April 2013 0 Comments
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Expletive does not constitute harassment

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Are the words “the f***ing Pope”, uttered in the heat of a pressurised newspaper deadlines environment, harassment on the grounds of religion or belief? In Heafield v Time Newspaper Limited the EAT has held that the editor of a newspaper …

Are the words “the f***ing Pope”, uttered in the heat of a pressurised newspaper deadlines environment, harassment on the grounds of religion or belief? In Heafield v Time Newspaper Limited the EAT has held that the editor of a newspaper did not harass a Roman Catholic sub editor on the grounds of his religion or belief by referring to “the f***ing Pope” in the context of chasing up an article about the Pope which was due to be published. It was clear that this remark could not reasonably be considered to have had the effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for the individual concerned within the meaning of the Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003.

One would expect particularly not in the environment of newspapers and journalism!

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