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Complainant Name:
Ms Drusilla Marland

Clauses Noted: 12

Publication: Daily Mail

Complaint:

Ms Drusilla Marland of Bristol complained about the headline of an article which reported her successful claim for constructive dismissal from her former employment. The complainant considered the headline – “Would you Adam and Steve it…” – to offensively paraphrase a taunt about her gender change which had been judged by the employment tribunal as discriminatory – “When God made man it was Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve”. The complainant also raised two further concerns: that the headline implied that the compensation she had received was disproportionately large; and that the article had revealed her former name.

Resolution:

The newspaper defended itself against claims that the headline was pejorative, making clear that its intention was to echo the Cockney rhyming slang for ‘Would you believe it…” The newspaper nevertheless apologised to the complainant for any distress caused by the article and headline and wrote to her privately to this effect. The complainant agreed to resolve her complaint on the basis of a statement setting out her concerns on the PCC website.

Report: 75



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