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In England, an employment tribunal has ruled that Nuffield Health discriminated against fitness instructor Ali Burton on the basis of her disability. Burton's disability is a phobia of bodily fluids, including sweat. Burton said she became anxious when a supervisor asked her to pick up some sweaty towels. She said that when she refused, he told her to put on some gloves and pick them up. When she still refused, she said he mocked her by picking them up by holding his arms out and putting them in the bin.

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  2. She took a job there knowing she has this ‘disability’ ? Sounds like a set up. Maybe she could become a nun. Or maybe she just needs to get laid.

    1. Next, she will demand a body fluid conversion cake.

      1. That cake would definitely have body fluids in it.

    2. “Or maybe she just needs to get laid.”

      Most likely the source of her aversion to “body fluids”

      1. Disagree and I’m feeling lazy so find your own link to the ’76, ’02, or ’13 shower scene from Carrie.

  3. Burton’s disability is a phobia of bodily fluids, including sweat.

    Mostly her own, from doing work.

  4. So despite the socialism, I may move there and get a job as a lifeguard afraid of water. Might pay more than the dole, and still no work.

    1. Apply to be a social worker who’s afraid of people.

  5. Sunbelt rental has forklifts.
    1-800- NO SWEAT

  6. Classify this one under “Everybody is an Idiot”.

    1. Cross-reference under “Government enforces the stupidest things”.

  7. Burton’s disability is a phobia of bodily fluids

    She must be great fun in the loo, or whatever the Aussies call it.

  8. Her phobia doesn’t matter. Reasonable accommodations were given for her “condition”, namely some gloves. Phobias are real, they are debilitating. But they are not an excuse for a job not getting done. If you can’t do your job then find another. Why the fuck did you even apply for it in the first place?

    I mean, how many acrophobes apply to be sky diving instructors? I have some mild acrophobia. I nearly shit my pants crossing the Astoria Bridge. But you don’t see me applying to be a sky diving instructor.

    1. You must be fun at parties.

    2. That would be the case under US law. I’m not sure that England has the same “reasonable accommodation” language in their disability/employment laws.

  9. Years ago, when they first passed the ADA, we would only half-jokingly encourage my blind sister to apply for a job as a taxi driver. When they refused to hire her, she could sue and argue that a reasonable accommodation would include hiring a helper taxi driver that would actually drive the cab for her. We don’t joke about that shit any more.

  10. “Impure bodily fluids.”

  11. she said he mocked her by picking them up by holding his arms out and putting them in the bin

    Given her abject bitchiness over something that has nothing to do with her phobia, I’m inclined to think she doesn’t actually have a phobia and is really just a bitch.

    The manager was mocking you by doing your job for you? Then he would be mocking you for paying the court costs on your behalf, pony up Barbie.

    1. “He then proceeded to pick up the two towels, mockingly held them with arms outstretched and said, ‘you can do it like this – it’s good for the deltoids’.

      “He then put the towels in the towel bin.”

      Drowning in a puddle of her own vomit would be a befitting end.

  12. How old is this story, or has the tribunal just been dragging on for over a year? I thought the Brits all had a case of this bitch’s phobia because haven’t they been locked down good and hard this whole time? I can’t see a gym being open any time in the past year if they’re sending the cops around to arrest people who are going for a walk in the countryside.

  13. Buttplug got to another woman and turned her off sex permanently.

  14. A fitness instructor that has a phobia of sweat? Yeah, someone is looking for a disability pension in a country where no claim is too ridiculous for the government handout machinery to accept.

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