An Australian engineer is seeking $1.2 million in damages from his former employer.
An engineer is appealing an Australian court ruling tossing out his lawsuit against his former employer, alleging he was bullied by his ex-boss who repeatedly passed gas in his office, according to local reports.
The engineer, David Hingst, sued Construction Engineering in 2017, reports Australian news site news.com.au, alleging his former supervisor, Greg Short, would “lift his bum and fart.”
According to the Australian Associated Press, Hingst claimed “flatulence was a form of bullying,” accusing Short of repeatedly passing gas near him several times a day.
“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 told the AAP after the hearing.
Hingst’s lawsuit, which seeks $1.2 million in damages, was thrown out by a judge last year, reports news.com.au. Supreme Court of Victoria Justice Rita Zammit ruled even if the flatulence happened, it “would not necessarily amount to bullying,” said the report.
Hingst also accused Short of abusing him over the phone and taunting him with gestures, reports the AAP. A ruling on the appeal will be delivered on Friday, according to the report.
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