So it’s official then. Farting in front of a colleague is not bullying. This ruling from the Victoria state court of appeal will come as a great relief to all flatulent employees.
In a bizarre case, David Hingst, in the process of claiming $1.8m from his former employers, Construction Engineering, claimed that his supervisor, Greg Short, would “lift his bum and fart” up to six times a day and what was worse, his office was “small and had no windows”.
The court gave Hingst short shrift, ruling that even if his allegations were true, flatulence did not necessarily constitute bullying.
Hingst is not taking this lying down, vowing to take his case to the high court, claiming that the psychological trauma he had suffered made it impossible to find other employment. He left the court room without making any comment to the waiting representatives of the press but was pictured holding a piece of clothing over his mouth and face.
Presumably someone had dropped one in the courtroom.