A UK woman has been awarded £100,000 ($127,000) after the woke anti-poverty organization she worked for fired her for saying that people cannot change their biological sex.
Maya Forstater was fired by the Centre for Global Development (CGD), which refused to renew her contract in March 2019 after she posted tweets opposing proposals by the government to reform the Gender Recognition Act to allow those who identify as the opposite sex to do so without a medical diagnosis of gender dysphoria.
Three London judges handed down the decision on Friday, doling out compensation of £91,500 ($116,000) and interest of £14,904.31 (almost $19,000) to Forstater for loss of earnings, injury to feelings and aggravated damages after CGD failed to renew her contract.
I have received the "remedy" judgement in my case. @cgdev has been ordered to pay over £100k in compensation for loss of earnings, injury to feelings and aggravated damages for their high-handed conduct.— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) June 30, 2023
Thank-you to everyone who supported my casehttps://t.co/N9NlRT5gw6
Two years ago Forstater co-founded the Sex Matters campaign. In a statement following the verdict, she told the Times of London: "I’m happy it’s over and happy I got significant compensation.
"I think it sends a message to employers that this is discrimination like any other discrimination and that the compensation can be significant.
"Organisations are going to have to rethink all of their approach to equality and diversity to make sure they really are following the law and not just what activists tell them."
Harry Potter author JK Rowling congratulated Forstater, tweeting: "Congratulations to @MForstater, who receives over £100k in compensation from @cgdev, who were found to have discriminated against her due to her gender critical beliefs, which, as her case established, are worthy of respect in a democratic society. #SexMatters."
Congratulations, you star. It's the husband's birthday, so I've got two reasons to crack open the champagne this evening 😘— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 30, 2023
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Forstater’s victory against the CGD came after a ruling at an employment tribunal in June 2021 when she successfully established a binding legal precedent that “gender-critical beliefs were in principle protected by the Equality Act.”
In July 2022, a fresh employment tribunal ruled that the negative consequences from Forstater’s expressions of her protected gender-critical beliefs were “unlawfully discriminatory” and constituted “direct discrimination.”
Commenting on the verdict at the time, Forstater said that her case “matters for everyone who believes in the importance of truth and free speech.”
“We are all free to believe whatever we wish,” she said. “What we are not free to do is compel others to believe the same thing, to silence those who disagree with us, or to force others to deny reality.”
“Human beings cannot change sex. It is not hateful to say that; in fact it is important in order to treat everyone fairly and safely. It shouldn’t take courage to say this and no-one should lose their job for doing so,” she added.
Commenting on Friday’s ruling on compensation, a CGD spokesperson said: “Following the employment tribunal’s remedy judgment, the case brought against CGD, its president, Masood Ahmed, and CGD Europe by Maya Forstater will come to a close.”
“CGD has and will continue to strive to maintain a workplace that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all,” the spokesperson added.
In addition to Forstater’s case, there have been several legal cases involving “gender-critical” beliefs.
Last week, Denise Fahmy won her claim against her former employer, Arts Council England (ACE), at the Leeds Employment Tribunal.
In a unanimous judgment, the tribunal ruled that Fahmy was subjected to harassment at her workplace for expressing her belief that people cannot change sex.
In July 2022, London-based barrister Allison Bailey won a discrimination case against her own firm after she was placed under investigation for opposing what has been characterised as LGBT charity Stonewall’s “trans extremism.”
Some cases remain ongoing.
In 2021, former criminal defence barrister James Esses was expelled from his psychotherapist training course, three years in. He alleges that this was for openly discussing his fear that young children are actively encouraged to transition gender.
In October 2022, a judge ruled that his claim can be heard in court.
Esses told NTD’s “British Thought Leaders” programme last month that he fears the gender ideology will have “serious negative repercussions” if unchallenged.
Owen Evans and PA Media contributed to this report.