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Council discriminated against transsexual

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    Fortnum v Suffolk County Council [2000] ET/1501602/99 (0 other reports)

In Fortnum v Suffolk County Council a Bury St Edmunds employment tribunal (Chair: C R Ash) rejects a genuine occupational qualification defence, and holds that a male to female transsexual who was prevented from caring for a client because the client's mother did not want male staff to care for her daughter, was discriminated against contrary to the Sex Discrimination Act, as amended by the Sex Discrimination (Gender Reassignment) Regulations 1999.

Ms Fortnum, who was born male, was employed by Suffolk County Council in February 1989 as an assistant daycare officer, with a requirement to provide occasional intimate personal care to male and female service users in the council's daycare centres.