22,000 for Transsexual Sacked rom Job
[ISLE OF WIGHT] - A post-operative transsexual has received 22,000 in a settlement after she claimed she was discriminated against in her job as a production-line worker.
Clare Steen claimed she was directed towards the men's changing rooms and was given work in an all-male team at Structural Polymer Systems in Newport, Isle of Wight.
Ms Steen was also upset by "blokey comments" being made about her transsexuality and claimed her team leader spoke to her in an abusive manner which she believed he would not use with other women.
Two months after complaining to the managing director, Paul Rudling, and the head of human resources, Ms Steen lost her job.
Mr. Rudling said in a statement: "I am outraged at the outcome and loss that we have suffered, through I believe no fault on our part.
"I intend, however, to ask our Member of Parliament to examine the activities of the Equal Opportunities Commission. Personally I am appalled at their behaviour in this instance."
Ms Steen began working for the company in November 2000. Her initial appraisal in May 2001 said she fitted in well and displayed the right attitude.
She was dismissed on the grounds of unsuitability for the job.
The company cited unfounded allegations against other employees and an unwillingness to play a full part in the team as reasons for dismissal.
The 22,000 compensation was agreed before any tribunal hearing and included loss of earnings and 10,000 for injury to feelings.