Man sues brewery over ‘women’s only’ IPA, claims he ‘felt forced to identify as female’

A man sued a brewery, claiming that he was ‘forced’ to identify as a woman to buy a beer.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, the brewery and pub chain BrewDog introduced the so-called Pink IPA. It was the same exact beer as the company’s popular Punk IPA, but it was sold to women for 20 percent less. The campaign was an attempt to highlight the gender pay gap.

Bower spoke with Wales Online, saying, “After a bit of a back-and-forth with me protesting this, I felt forced to identify as female and was then able to get the drink for ($5), I complained to the company about this and they said it wasn’t discrimination because the price difference was part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the gender pay gap.”

Despite getting the drink for the discounted price, Bower wasn’t satisfied. “I complained again to BrewDog stating that I was intending to take them to court over this but would rather resolve the problem outside court,” he said. “They ignored this.”

Bower took BrewDog, which is based in Scotland, to small claims court for “direct discrimination and breach of the Equality Act 2010,” Wales Online reports.

According to court documents, Judge Philips agreed that Bower was discriminated against because of his gender and awarded him over $1,200.

Source: Man sues brewery over ‘women’s only’ IPA, claims he ‘felt forced to identify as female’ | Fox News

I looked at 100 best-selling picture books: female protagonists were largely invisible

Despite a rise in feminist-themed books for children, picture books remain highly gendered overall, writes Sarah Mokrzycki.

In the Dymocks bestsellers list, 46% of books had male protagonists, while only 17% had female protagonists (in 32% of books there was no lead character). There were only seven female led books in the top 50, compared to 26 male led books.

Sixteen books in the list showed characters in specific occupations (outside of parenthood). In the female-led stories, protagonists only showed ambition for traditional feminine pursuits. There were three ballerinas, three princesses and one fashion designer – Claris, a mouse, who “dreamed about clothes” and “read about handbags in Vanity Fair”. (In this story, a misbehaving girl is also chastised for being “neither proper nor prim!”)

In comparison, the male-led stories showed protagonists in roles ranging from farmers and chefs to zookeepers and scientists.

Not much has changed in the past 20 years.

Source: I looked at 100 best-selling picture books: female protagonists were largely invisible

Russian company offers women extra pay to wear skirts or dresses to work in ‘femininity marathon’

A Russian company has faced fierce criticism for offering female workers cash bonuses to wear skirts or dresses to work. The decision is part of a so-called “femininity marathon” campaign being run

Source: Russian company offers women extra pay to wear skirts or dresses to work in ‘femininity marathon’ | The Independent

Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment

The principal of a boutique firm in northern NSW has been ordered to pay $170,000 in damages to a former employee over “relentless” sexual harassment, in what the Federal Circuit Court described as “a very grave example” of such harassment.

In his statement, Mr Hughes “attempted to put the blame for his behaviour” on Ms Hill being “flirty and coquettish” and said she wore “alluring dresses to the office”. Her counsel described this as “slut shaming”, a term the Court opted not to use, but instead described the claims as “utterly outrageous”.

“It is the mark of a bygone era where women, by their mere presence, were responsible for the reprehensible behaviour of men,” the Court responded.

Source: Principal to pay $170,000 in damages for ‘sinister’ sexual harassment – Lawyers Weekly

Why Pipers can now move to expel partner suing for sex discrimination

The Federal Court has discharged an injunction preventing national firm Piper Alderman from expelling partner Lexia Wilson, holding it was “not satisfied” the convening of such a meeting would be unlawful or in breach of her rights.

(Ed: so much for victimisation provisions . . .)

Source: Why Pipers can now move to expel partner suing for sex discrimination – Lawyers Weekly

Injunction preventing Pipers from moving to expel partner suing for sex discrimination ‘discharged’

The Federal Court of Australia has discharged an injunction preventing national firm Piper Alderman from convening a meeting to consider expelling Lexia Wilson from the partnership.

Speaking following the judgment, Ms Wilson’s counsel – Mills Oakley partner Malcolm Davis – told Lawyers Weekly that “Lexia has had an injunction from the Court for more than three months and today’s decision does not impact her ongoing complaints in the Australian Human Rights Commission or her intended claims against the partners for damages for breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract and defamation.”

The news follows this morning’s report from Lawyers Weekly that international plaintiff firm Slater & Gordon is being sued for unfair dismissal in the Federal Court of Australia.

Earlier this week, it was reported that national firm Hicksons Lawyers would “vigorously” defend a human rights application, pertaining to sex, brought against it by a former partner, and a sex discrimination suit was brought against the principal of Parramatta-based firm Dehsabzi Lawyers.

Source: Injunction preventing Pipers from moving to expel partner suing for sex discrimination ‘discharged’ – Lawyers Weekly

Bullying, sexual harassment ‘significantly higher’ in Aus legal circles

New findings show that bullying and sexual harassment is “rife” in the Australian legal profession, with our rates “significantly higher than global averages”.

Source: Bullying, sexual harassment ‘significantly higher’ in Aus legal circles – Lawyers Weekly

Margaret Beazley, NSW Governor: Don’t let anything defeat you:

“Don’t let anything defeat you.”

These were words of advice Her Excellency Governor of NSW Margaret Beazley AO QC shared earlier this month in an inspiring speech to an audience of students, parents and the broader Rosewood school community including principal Ms Elizabeth Stone & Governor Lucy Brogden.

Leading by example, with a distinguished legal career, including as the first woman to be appointed as the President of the NSW Court of Appeal, Her Excellency Margaret Beazley spoke eloquently and modestly.

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