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A hospital worker who said he was made to feel like an outsider because of the insular nature of his colleagues has launched a discrimination claim against his former employer.
Mark Beckles, whose job was to deal with complaints lodged by patients using the NHS' healthcare services, stated at a tribunal he was treated poorly by women he shared an office with at the City Hospital in Birmingham.
Mr Beckles alleged other workers in the clerical section of the medical institution made him feel uncomfortable by talking about topics including the subject of the hit book 50 Shades of Grey and the Embarrassing Bodies TV show, according to the Birmingham Mail.
The complaints handler also said he faced a backlog of more than 100 cases upon starting and this made life difficult for the man, who was let go six weeks later.
Mr Beckles remarked: "I was told the loss of my job was nothing to do with the quality of my work but I was not given an explanation."
The man thinks he was pushed out of the job because he is male and was maligned by other members of his team because he took regular tea breaks in the kitchen instead of using a kettle at his desk.
"I had to go to the kitchen because the electrical socket for the kettle in the office was in a dangerous condition," he said.
Lawyers representing Mr Beckles argued he was thrown into a hostile environment by hiring managers and never had any chance of being able to effectively carry out the work and, thus, the termination of his employment was inevitable from the very start.
Although he relayed concerns via a complaint procedure to the NHS Trust he was taken on by - his compensation claim was opposed by them and the gender discrimination denied.
A verdict from the tribunal will be made in the coming weeks.
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