But yesterday Ms Forstater, 47, won three new claims at an employment tribunal after an appeal. Its success was hailed by Harry Potter author J.
Tax expert Ms. Forstater’s contract with the Center for Global Development think tank was not renewed in 2019. This after she tweeted that biological sex cannot be changed.
However, in yesterday’s ruling, Employment Judge Andrew Glennie said the CGD’s decision not to offer Ms Forstater a contract or renew her scholarship was direct discrimination because of her beliefs.
J.K. Rowling, who has faced a barrage of criticism for expressing her belief that gender is determined by biology and supported Ms Forstair’s cause on social media, was delighted with the decision.
The author tweeted yesterday. “Every woman who has been harassed, silenced, bullied or out of a job because of her gender critical beliefs is freer and safer today thanks to the warrior that is @MForstater.
Ms Forstater, who lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, later said in a statement that the case was “important to everyone who believes in the importance of truth and free speech”.
“We are all free to believe what we want.”
“What we are not free to do is force others to believe the same thing, silence those who disagree with us, or force others to deny reality. People cannot change gender. It’s not hate. Actually it is. important to treat everyone fairly and safely.”
“It shouldn’t take courage to say this, and no one should lose their job for it.”
“I am pleased that the tribunal allowed me to record what happened to me at the Center for Global Development.”
“The tribunal found that I was the victim of discrimination because I stated that biological sex is real and important, the view of the vast majority of people in this country. I hope employers will take note of the verdict.”
Ms Forstater previously took her case to an employment tribunal, arguing that the dismissal was discrimination against her beliefs. Labor Judge James Taylor initially dismissed her claim.
But the Supreme Court judge, Mr Justice Chowdhury, later ruled that the judgment was “erroneous in law”.
CGD Europe said in a statement that the think tank’s primary objective “has always been to uphold our values and maintain a workplace that is inclusive for all”.
COMMENTARY BY MAYA FORSTATER
Right now I feel amazing. I feel vindicated.
And the battle I’ve fought for the past three years, all the stress and strain on my family, has been worth it.
Mostly, though, I think of the thousands of women in the same boat who have been too intimidated or intimidated to speak up in the workplace for fear of losing their jobs. Many of them work in jobs where biological sex really matters, such as teachers, nurses and social workers.
I am a victim of discrimination.
And now employers everywhere should take note of the ruling.
In the public and private sectors, art workers cannot be annulled because they do not believe that a biological man can become a biological woman and vice versa.
I did not win this case alone. I had tremendous support, especially from J.K. From Rowling, whose tweet this morning made me cry.
He has been steadfast in his support and has never backed down under many attacks. I am very grateful.
My campaign group Sex Matters will continue to help people understand the law and help organizations understand that they cannot impose their beliefs about gender on staff and clients.
They should respect that people have different beliefs.
Maya Forstater, 49, International Development Researcher
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