Italian TV host sues bosses over male colleague's 'noisy' flatulence
Italian TV presenter sues bosses over male colleague’s ‘noisy’ flatulence and burping
- Italian anchor-woman Dania Mondini demanded she be moved from colleague
- Instead, she says managers refused and began a campaign of intimidation
- Now, prosecutors have opened a stalking case against Mondini’s managers
- The case began in 2018, but continues to this day with new details emerging
An Italian TV presenter has sued her bosses over a male colleague’s ‘noisy’ flatulence and burping, in what has become a closely-watched four-year long episode.
The scandal began when Dania Mondini, an anchor-woman for Italy’s national broadcaster RAI, lodged a formal complaint against one of her colleagues over his ‘repeated and malodorous bodily emissions’.
She also said her colleague, who has not been named publicly in the Italian press, would often burp while they were at work, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Mondini demanded that she be moved to a different room to get away from the man’s poor hygiene, but she said her managers insisted that she stay put.
This, she claims, was part of an intimidation campaign against her that stemmed from a professional rivalry. It was not immediately clear whether this rivalry was with her emitting colleague, or another person at the network.
Dania Mondini (pictured), an anchor-woman for Italy’s national broadcaster RAI, lodged a formal complaint against one of her colleagues over his ‘noisy, repeated and malodorous bodily emissions’ in 2018 – sparking a four-year legal battle
Instead of being moved away from the man, she claims that her demands led to her being bullied by her managers. She says she was effectively demoted, handed ‘banal’ news reading jobs, and was on the end of verbal abuse.
According to Pledge Times, the company argued that the man’s flatulence was down to a medical condition, rather than because he or anyone else found it humorous. Therefore, he was not seen as being at fault.
However, Mondini says that she was treated unfairly by her bosses because she complained about the issue. She says she was denied promotions and harassed.
According to Italian media, prosecutors last week opened a stalking case against five men that she has accused of harassing her at work.
Reports say these include the deputy director Filippo Gaudenzias well as Marco Betello, Pietro Felice Damosso, Andrea Montanari And Costanza Crescimbeni. All five held top positions at the public service network at the time of the complaint.
The Telegraph reported that two other journalists working for the national broadcaster also complained about the unnamed man’s flatulence.
Managers are said to have threaten to fire those that complained, with one accused of saying: ‘Any journalist who refuses to be in a room with him should be kicked up the a*se,’ the newspaper said.
Instead of being moved away from the man, Mondini claims that her demands led to her being bullied by her managers. She says she was, effectively demoted, handed ‘banal’ news reading jobs, and was on the end of verbal abuse
The case has now dragged on for four years, beginning in 2018 when Mondini took the network to court. It has come to light again as new detailed have emerged.
In another twist in the case, Corriere reported that Mondini accused her flatulent colleague of having contacts with a member of the ‘Ndrangheta mafia – considered to be one of the most powerful criminal organisations in the world.
Italy has cracked down on the organisation in recent years. Such contact would be enough to open up an entirely new line of criminal enquiry, Corriere reported.
Mondini has said that the stress from the case has had a detrimental impact on her health, and has put together a dossier of examples. She says that she was hospitalised on multiple occasions.
The case and the investigation continues.
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