HR Grapevine have reported on an employee who told the Court of Appeal that “flatulence was a form of bullying".
Whilst unpleasant and not socially acceptable, especially in a small room with no windows, expelling gas is a normal physical function.
There are biological and medical reasons for flatulence and some of the most unpleasant gassy issues are often early warning signs of possible health problems.
But what do you do if you have a 'serial farter' at work?
Workplace farting etiquette is a tricky one. Should you confront them or publicly shame them? It is better to relax and not make a big deal of the odd pass of gas in the office. If, however, the situation becomes chronic, someone in authority (line manager or HR) should be approached to deal with the problem in a professional way.
The Register recently reported that one engineer found himself repeatedly fighting off his ‘serial farter’ colleague. The employee sought to appeal against a ruling that had previously rejected breaking wind as a form of workplace bullying, last year.