Here’s another story from the world of loony stories which seem to be coming up with ever increasing regularity, this time a woman sues her employer over the use of the phrase “teaching grandma to suck eggs” as she alleges the phrase is sexist.

Rubinder Sukkersudha is suing HSBC for sex discrimination as she claims the use of the phrase “teaching grandma to suck eggs” is sexist and is also suing for unfair dismissal and victimisation, although HSBC insist she was fired because she failed her probation period and was poor at her job.

The bank claim that the £60,000-a-year audit manager, from Birmingham, was dismissed in late 2019 because she was poor at her job but Ms Sukkersudha, is now taking claims of sex discrimination, unfair dismissal and victimisation to an employment tribunal.

Employment Judge Veronica Dean said, the lawyer for Ms Sukkersudha suggests that comments such as “telling a grandma how to suck eggs” is harassment because of her sex, however council for HSBC suggests that it is a generic, colloquial turn phrase not derogatory of women but refers to teaching someone something they already know, which is not harassment on the grounds of sex.

Ms Sukkersudha also told the tribunal that the decision to terminate her employment was an act of victimisation after she had raised concerns of bullying and harassment, although HSBC reject the claims and suggests that the real reason was that she performed poorly and failed probation.

A tribunal report added that HSBC had raised concerns in relation to Ms Sukkersudha’s timekeeping and execution of her work which led to the termination of her employment and had raised concerns over Ms Sukkersudha’s performance in a previous performance review.

HSBC had raised concerns in relation to Ms Sukkersudha’s timekeeping and execution of her work, matters which were relevant to the issues that led to the termination of her employment.

Judge Dean ruled that the allegation should be heard at a full hearing which will take place at a later date.

Now I have no idea about her timekeeping or lack of ability at the job but I do know that to suggest the expression “you can’t teach your grandmother to suck eggs” is sexist seems ridiculous to me as I have used the phrase myself on numerous occasions when referring to both men and women and have always thought of the phrase as a compliment to the grandmother as she already knows only too well how to do whatever you are trying to teach her and in fact, they should be the ones teaching you.

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I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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  1. These should be thrown out for time wasting

  2. If she wins this case I may well have to withdraw from the human race!

  3. SueW says:

    Quick shut the door before any more escape!

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