Transsexual truck driver wins sexual discrimination case

Vikki-Marie Gaynor, the transsexual truck driver who was forced out of her job when she started dressing as a woman, has won her case aginst her former employer.

Gaynor claimed sexual discrimination from Exel Europe and Blue Arrow. She claimed that the Blue Arrow recruitment agency, through which she worked at Exel Europe, failed to act on her complaints.

An employment tribunal heard how Gaynor, who was born a man and formally called Mike, had her shifts unfairly reduced by her bosses at delivery firm Exel Europe, while colleagues taunted her when she started wearing make-up and women’s clothes and jewellery to work.

She had decided to start living as a woman full-time in February 2007 and had hoped to undergo a full sex change operation on the NHS.

Gaynor told the tribunal: “I was very apprehensive about what people would think and my fears were realised when a fellow driver started muttering ‘queer’ and covered his backside with his hands.”

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