Monday, July 15, 2013
Must not compliment a woman on her figure
Britain: A grandfather and veteran councillor has been reprimanded by council bosses for making what was claimed to be a ‘sexist’ remark about a colleague’s figure.
Mel Winter, 71, was carrying a cup of coffee in each hand when Labour councillor Hailey Townsend, 29, asked if he wanted her to open the door for him at their council HQ.
Mr Winter replied: ‘With a figure like that, you can hold the door all day.’
Offended, Mrs Townsend reported the remark to senior council officials.
Mr Winter was summoned by council legal director Andrew Jolley and warned about his behaviour.
Mr Winter, who has been an independent councillor in Bridgend, South Wales, for 30 years, said: ‘It is a sad day when you can’t make a compliment to a lady.
‘I think of myself as a gentleman and I get on with most women, young and old. ‘I was passing her a compliment in good faith and in a light-hearted manner.