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A transgender woman has won a landmark discrimination case forcing a ferry company to remove the words 'ladies' and 'gentlemen' from its toilets. Condor Ferries has become the first firm to change the gender specific signs on the doors after Erin Bisson proved she was 'humiliated' at being told to use the disabled toilets.
She argued the use of words rather than symbols on toilets amounted to indirect discrimination. Condor later admitted to the tribunal that there had been a 'non-intentional and non-malicious act of discrimination'.
The company is now replacing the 'offending' words on its toilet doors and will use gender symbols instead.
As a Crown Dependency, Jersey maintains autonomy from the UK, and the case – heard in Jersey’s courts – was the first to rely on the island’s own gender discrimination laws, introduced in 2015.
Ms Bisson says she had asked the company which toilets she should use, and was advised “I should be using the disabled toilets”, which she says amounts to direct discrimination.
The company admitted to a “non-intentional and non-malicious act of discrimination”, and says it has worked with Ms Bisson to implement changes “to remove the possibility of inadvertent discrimination” in future.
Channel Islands LGBT group Liberate said: “We’re disappointed that the situation arose but we are very pleased that Condor Ferries have pledged to take steps to avoid this happening in the future, and that discrimination against transgender people is being taken seriously – well done Jersey!
originally posted by: nullafides
a reply to: Morrad
This, in my opinion...is grandstanding.
I'd gladly cut off a private bit if this person could honestly prove that they REALLY felt that upset by this.
Welcome to the future. It is now.
Its about discrimination of a minority group.