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A Lawsuit Over Farts in the Workplace Just Got Nastier

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Randy Robinson
Mar 26, 2019
A Lawsuit Over Farts in the Workplace Just Got Nastier
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An engineer sued his supervisor for repeatedly farting on him at work, but a court decision says the wind-breaking didn’t constitute harassment.

Australian David Hingst appealed his 2017 lawsuit against former employer Construction Engineering over a supervisor’s allegedly-pointed flatulence.

“I would be sitting with my face to the wall and he would come into the room, which was small and had no windows,” Hingst said, according to the BBC. He claimed the supervisor, Greg Short, would “lift his bum and fart” on the worker “five or six times a day.”

Hingst believed his boss’s crop-dusting campaign was part of a workplace conspiracy to force Hingst into resignation. The suit claimed the farting, along with “bullying phone calls,” caused the plaintiff “severe stress” and “psychiatric injuries.”  

Construction Engineering and Short both deny the lawsuit’s claims. Short admitted that he suffered from bad gas, but insisted farts in Hingst’s direction only happened “once or twice, maybe” with no “intention of distressing or harassing” his subordinate.

Previously, a court — unconvinced that either the farting or the phone calls qualified as harassment — ruled in the employer’s favor. The appeals court will issue its ruling this upcoming Friday.

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Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting their degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When they're not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found hitting the trees somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch them on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay



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A Lawsuit Over Farts in the Workplace Just Got Nastier

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Randy Robinson
Mar 26, 2019
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A Lawsuit Over Farts in the Workplace Just Got Nastier

An engineer sued his supervisor for repeatedly farting on him at work, but a court decision says the wind-breaking didn’t constitute harassment.

Australian David Hingst appealed his 2017 lawsuit against former employer Construction Engineering over a supervisor’s allegedly-pointed flatulence.

“I would be sitting with my face to the wall and he would come into the room, which was small and had no windows,” Hingst said, according to the BBC. He claimed the supervisor, Greg Short, would “lift his bum and fart” on the worker “five or six times a day.”

Hingst believed his boss’s crop-dusting campaign was part of a workplace conspiracy to force Hingst into resignation. The suit claimed the farting, along with “bullying phone calls,” caused the plaintiff “severe stress” and “psychiatric injuries.”  

Construction Engineering and Short both deny the lawsuit’s claims. Short admitted that he suffered from bad gas, but insisted farts in Hingst’s direction only happened “once or twice, maybe” with no “intention of distressing or harassing” his subordinate.

Previously, a court — unconvinced that either the farting or the phone calls qualified as harassment — ruled in the employer’s favor. The appeals court will issue its ruling this upcoming Friday.

Follow Randy Robinson on Twitter


Randy Robinson
Randy Robinson

Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting their degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When they're not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found hitting the trees somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch them on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay



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