Man sues company for sexual bias.
I hate these things when women do it but maybe this is how we stop…..we counter-sue.
Daniel Price alleges that “extreme discrimination against males” made the company a “toxic workplace”.
He claims that his manager Ashleigh Knowles told him “men are less organised” and that he was repeatedly ordered to “go away” during “girls-only” conversations.
Mr Price says he was the only worker instructed to carry boxes, being told “because you’re a man”.
He once refused, due to a hernia, but was ordered to “man up and get on with it, it’s only a few boxes”, a tribunal heard.
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Mr Price was dismissed last May after 16 months with food-test specialists PiQ in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.
An employment judge in Cardiff ruled he has an “arguable case” for sex discrimination and ordered a full hearing.
The tribunal heard that lab manager Ms Knowles said of a new appointment: “More than likely it’ll be a girl, as women tend to be better and more organised in the lab.”
She then allegedly told Mr Price: “You’re lucky to have your job, as everyone was shocked that it was a guy being employed.
“We normally only employ females because men are less organised.”
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Mr Price said she once threatened him with disciplinary action for insubordination after he told her tasks should not lie solely with him because he was a man.
He also claimed she informed staff of his one-time refusal to carry boxes, saying this led to a “tense” work environment.
Mr Price said another female employee also subjected him to discrimination.
He told of several occasions when he was told to “go away” as he tried to enter an office.
Reasons and comments allegedly included “We’re talking woman stuff” and “You’re a man, you don’t need to be listening to this”.
Ms Knowles allegedly told him as he tried to go into an office last May: “This conversation isn’t for you to hear – girls only”.
Two days later he was fired. A unfair dismissal claim was thrown out, as he had not been at the firm for two years.
PiQ Laboratories deny the allegations and are challenging his case.