Forget It, Baldy, You're Not Disabled: Judge

Teacher complained of 'discriminatory' teasing by students
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 3:51 AM CDT
"I am of the view that baldness is not an impairment," said a Scottish judge who ruled against a bald teacher claiming disability discrimination.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – A Scottish schoolteacher constantly mocked by students because of his baldness has been told having a chrome dome does not count as a disability, the Scotsman reports. The judge at an employment tribunal said that had he found in the man's favor, then anyone with a "big nose or big ears" could also be considered disabled.

The teacher, now retired, had argued he was a victim of disability discrimination that affected his ability to do his job. "How can I stand in front of a class with confidence when I am getting teased about baldness?" he asked. An equally bald politician expressed sympathy, but added: "People need to have a more robust attitude dealing with life's disadvantages."