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£100,000 in compensation for gender critical belief discrimination

The case of Forstater v CGD Europe and others has been a high-profile case attracting significant media attention and following a recent remedies hearing, the case once again attracted the media’s attention. At the remedies hearing, the Claimant, Maya Forstater, was awarded over £100,000 in compensation by the Tribunal.

To recap, the Claimant worked as a researcher for a thinktank but a decision was made not to renew her employment contract nor to renew her unpaid visiting fellowship role at the thinktank. The Employment Tribunal found that this decision was direct discrimination related to the Claimant’s gender critical beliefs, which some of her colleagues had found offensive. The Claimant’s beliefs included a belief that sex is immutable and should not be conflated with gender identity, and that trans women are men. At an earlier judgment, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decided that the Claimant’s gender critical beliefs were protected as a philosophical belief under the Equality Act 2010.

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