A NSW court has ruled a local woman must wear a hat legally blonde in order to make her voice heard.
Key points: A woman had complained her voice was not heard on a live broadcast last week and the NSW Supreme Court ruled she must wear the hat to get a hearingThe woman is now suing the ABC for $5.5 million over the broadcastIn a unanimous ruling, the NSW Court of Appeal said a woman could not use her voice to get her case heard because she is legally blonde.
The woman complained that a live interview with the ABC in March was not working because of her hair.
“The ABC broadcasted a story about a young woman with a rare form of hair disorder called ‘Hollywood blonde’,” the ABC said in a statement.
“[Her] voice was barely heard, so she wanted to be heard.”
The problem was that the broadcast had been recorded in a way that made it impossible for her to talk in the interview.
Her voice was also not heard during the show, so the ABC did not broadcast the segment.
“The ABC also apologised and said it would “work with the woman to resolve the issue”.
The ABC’s statement read: “The woman had asked for an interview with ABC radio host Nick Ritchie.
She was invited to appear on the ABC Radio 4 show.
During the interview, Ritchie asked the woman’s voice to be played through a microphone, in which case her voice did not reach the microphone and the ABC broadcast was recorded incorrectly.
“”At the time, the ABC had decided that the interview was not suitable for broadcast and had apologised to the woman.
This decision was overturned by the NSW court, who said that the woman could legally wear a wig or hairpiece to avoid recording her voice.
“This was the woman who brought the complaint against the ABC, not the ABC itself.
She had the right to complain, she had the opportunity to make a complaint and she chose to do so.”
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was granted an interim injunction in the Federal Court and is now seeking $5 million in damages.
“We are satisfied that the ABC’s decision to broadcast the interview in the manner that it did was unlawful and unreasonable,” the ABC told news.com, saying it was working with the Federal Circuit Court to address the issue.
ABC managing director, Tony Jones, said he was “thrilled” the matter was resolved and apologised to Ms Kelly for the broadcast’s mistakes.
He said the broadcast was not recorded correctly and the woman was not given an opportunity to voice her concerns.
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