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.