THE EQUALITY Tribunal has awarded €35,000 to a transgender woman, after finding that she was discriminated against at work on the grounds of gender and disability.
The Tribunal found that Louise Hannon – who has waived her right to anonymity in order to publicise the case – was asked to revert to her former male identity by her employer, First Direct Logistics.
She wasn’t allowed to use the female toilet facilities, and was ordered to dress as a man to meet clients.
Hannon claimed that she was ultimately moved out of the office and made to work from home, before she was effectively dismissed.
The Equality Officer stated that transsexualism is a recognised medical condition, and was discriminated against on gender and disability grounds.
Hannon now works as a transgender activist.
The Equality Authority this evening welcomed the decision.