Woman who lost job over transgender views wins appeal against employment tribunal

Jun 10, 2021 by

from Sky News:

A woman who lost her job after expressing views that sex cannot be changed and transgender women are “not women” has won an appeal against an employment tribunal.

In 2018, Maya Forstater posted a number of tweets expressing her beliefs about sex and gender, including her opposition to proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) which would allow trans people to self-identify and legally transition from the gender assigned to them at birth without a medical diagnosis.

Her contract with her employer, the think tank Centre for Global Development (CGD), was not renewed in 2019 after a number of her colleagues complained, prompting an employment tribunal where she argued her beliefs should be legally protected.

On Thursday, High Court judge Mr Justice Chowdhury said the original tribunal had “erred in law”, adding that her “views “may well be profoundly offensive and even distressing”, but said they “must be tolerated in a pluralist society”.

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