Transexual trucker wins her case for sexual discrimination
Publish Date: 25/04/2008Vikki-Marie Gaynor, 37, from Wallasey in Wirral, is still waiting to find out the exact figure she will be awarded but is overjoyed at the decision announced from her successful claims of sexual discrimination against Exel Europe, part of delivery giant DHL, and recruitment agency Blue Arrow.
She told Pink Paper: 'I have lived and breathed this case for more than a year and it feels like a weight has finally been lifted off my shoulders.'
The ex-soldier says that the staff who she was based with at the depot in Kirkby, Merseyside, were friendly until she began transitioning. She said that once she started to show visible signs of the change such as wearing women's clothes her colleagues began a campaign of harassment against her, including dumping her belongings and makeup in a toilet.
The company she was working for then eventually began to give her less and less driving shifts, which ultimately resulted in Gaynor's resignation in March 2007.
Employment judge Mr Homfray-Davies ruled that Blue Arrow did discriminate against Gaynor in the way it dealt with her two grievances and agreed that she was removed from her regular run by Exel/DHL in part because of her transition.
She added: 'I am delighted with the decision. My aim now is to raise awareness about trans people and make sure that nobody ever has to be in the same situation I was in.'
Gaynor now runs a business called BMI Training which offers schools and employers the option to train their staff on issues surrounding transexuality.
However, even since resigning from her driving post she has still been the victim of harassment from members of the public on at least four occasions including having her door kicked down by three men who followed her home, and being attacked and harassed in the street.
She said: I'm much better now but the past year six months has been a horrible time for me.
'I now want to try and get more information out there about transgender people so others are more aware of discrimination guidelines and basic day-to-day things like how to address a trans person.'