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This UK woman says that her boss pulled her hair when she came out at work

This UK woman says that her boss pulled her hair when she came out at work

LGBTQ folks who come out at work often face negative consequences–anything from the cold shoulder to not being put up for promotion to outright firing.

Now, apparently, you can add hair-pulling. At least in the UK.

The Telegraph reports that Jenny Lee Clarke, an office manager for Labour MP Carolyn Harris, alleges that when she came out at work as a lesbian, Harris began bullying her — and pulled her hair.

A witness claimed she heard a “blood-curdling scream” during the incident.

“It was horrible,” said Clarke. “She kept pulling and pulling. I think my sexuality is the main reason for the attack.”

Clarke said she had to take five weeks off from work because the November 2014 assault left her so shaken. She has since lost her job and appealed her case to labor attorneys.

Harris, in turn, said that the accusation was “manufactured” and that Clarke was fired for bad behavior on the job. And a Labour rep said: “Carolyn vigorously denies this allegation. It is town hall politics from a little place in South Wales. It’s a nest of vipers.”


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