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November 09, 2006

A tall worker in the United Kingdom says a cramped workspace at his former job led to serious back problems, but his former bosses say his back problems were the result of his participation in an endurance competition to win an automobile.

Gareth Judd, who is 6' 7" tall, filed a lawsuit saying his former bosses at a Barclays Doxford International call center in Sunderland of rejecting his request for a more suitable desk and chair for his frame, the Sunderland Echo reports.

He says the cramped quarters forced him to hunch over his desk, which he claims caused a prolapsed disc in his back. He says he had to undergo intense physiotherapy on his back.

He says he was fully recovered by the time he was a contestant in a competition to win a car. During the competition, he spent five days sitting in a car in an unsuccessful attempt to win a Ford Focus, the newspaper reports.

"It's ridiculous to suggest I got my back problems from the competition," Judd tells the newspaper. "I had finished my physiotherapy long before I even entered the contest so it had nothing to do with it."

Source: Sunderland Echo

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