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A barrister who claimed he was harassed at work when a colleague asked him to stop farting, has lost his discrimination case against the Crown Prosecution Service.
Tarique Mohammed, who was a prosecutor at the CPS, brought claims of harassment and disability-related discrimination against his former employer.
Mohammed shared a small office with Paul McGorry from 2016, when he was responsible for "repeated incidents of flatulence in the quiet room". On one occasion, after Mohammed had parped, McGorry asked "Do you have to do that Tarique?" Mohammed told the tribunal that the comment was "embarrassing" and violated his dignity.
McGorry also asked Mohammed to step outside when letting rip - but Mohammed said that he could not.
The former prosecutor told the employment tribunal that his constant trumping was due to side-effects caused by medication that he took, following a heart attack in 2014. The CPS responded that although McGorry knew of the heart attack, he was unaware "that flatulence was a side-effect of the medication".
Mohammed also brought other claims against the CPS, including that a senior colleague discriminated against him when chucking away his used water bottles. That colleague said he thought the bottles were rubbish. But Mohammed claimed he drunk a lot because of his illness and accused colleagues of "ganging up" on him.
Mohammed also complained that the CPS asked him to work one day a week at a workplace 60 miles away from his usual office, and failed to pay for his practising certificate when he was on sick leave.
The tribunal dismissed Mohammed's claims of disability-related harassment and victimisation saying that the incidents "were unrelated to his disability" or were aggravated by him "overreacting," according to a report in The Guardian.
The tribunal said it was not "unreasonable" for McGorry to make the comments about Mohammed breaking wind, given that "there had been repeated incidents of flatulence in a small office."
But Mohammed will receive some compensation, as the CPS accepted that it should not have removed him from court duties and had treated him unfairly by not allowing him to work from home two days a week, or permitting him to leave work at 4pm to help him manage his condition.
“We are pleased the tribunal rejected all claims it had to consider," a CPS spokesman told RollOnFriday. “We employ 6,000 staff and our goal is to always to be flexible so colleagues can meet their potential even under difficult personal circumstances.”