Nowadays, it isn’t just high-rolling investment bankers who are suing for sex discrimination in the work-place – it seems that teachers are now getting in on the action. Deputy Headteacher Sue Storer is suing her former school for £1 million because she claims that, while two male colleagues were given brand new chairs, she was left with one that made a farting noise every time she sat down or moved. Claiming she never wants to teach again because of the stress her chair caused her, she explained: “It was very embarrassing to sit on. It was a regular joke that my chair would make these ‘farting’ sounds. I had to apologise that it was not me, it was my chair.”
Her former boss was having none of it, though: “I would have expected a deputy headteacher, who has the authority to run a school, to have the wit and initiative to sort it out.” Or, indeed, to stop farting and blaming it on her chair.
– Will Brown