Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

FErret: Fe News

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Naked discrimination

Since FErret always stays covered with a thick coat of fur, he's baffled by the appeal of nude modelling. Perhaps now life drawing classes have caused so much trouble for Weston College, staff may come round to his way of thinking.

The college has just lost its second consecutive employment tribunal case brought by 62-year-old Andrew Rogers, who was made redundant after modelling for the college's life drawing classes for a quarter of a century.

Then, he and a former female colleague signed up for the same agency, only for the woman to be hired by the college while Mr Rogers was offered nothing. That earned him Pounds 6,230 in damages, a sum that would have taken him nearly 500 hours of sitting very still to make, at the Register of Artist's Models' standard rates.

Having recently signed up for another agency and again been overlooked in favour of his female colleague, he was awarded a further Pounds 5,000. Mr Rogers says he has been caused a great deal of anxiety and has turned down other modelling work as a result. But FErret has to wonder if it would be worth his while to take the necessary time off from suing Weston College, anyway. …

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