Non gender neutral taunts could result in successful discrimination claims

In late August an employment tribunal has suggested that the use of non-gender neutral insults could breach UK equality laws.

A case was bought by a trans gender bus driver who sued United Busways, for gender reassignment discrimination.  The Bus driver claimed that a colleague insulted him calling him a “wanker”.

On the facts, the claim was dismissed on the basis that it was not believed to have occurred.  However the Judge suggested that, if the word “wanker” had been used, the claim would have been successful because the term is not traditionally used to insult women, where equivalent but different swearwords were likely to be used instead.

Posted on 10/05/2023 by Ortolan

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