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First court ruling on discrimination against transsexual employee

First court ruling on discrimination against transsexual employee

 A transsexual employee may not be treated so as to put him/her at a disadvantage in the workplace.

In December 2011, the Helsinki District Court ruled that the Financial Supervisory Authority had violated the non-discrimination provision in the case of a transsexual employee. The employee was awarded EUR 15,000 in damages as compensation for the discrimination. The court ruled that the extension of the application period for experts in connection with reorganisation was wholly in violation of the Equality Act. In all other respects, a presumption of discrimination was ruled not to have arisen in the case.

The Ombudsman for Equality issued a statement on the matter earlier, in June 2011.
Summary of the statement: Discrimination on the basis of gender reassignment (pdf, 16 kB)                    

31.12.2011