Trans Bus Driver’s Discrimination Lawsuit: Tribunal’s Ruling on Insult and Equality

Trans Bus Driver’s Discrimination Lawsuit: Tribunal’s Ruling on Insult and Equality


An employment tribunal has recently examined a case revolving around alleged gender discrimination against a trans woman.

The tribunal’s verdict has significant implications for the treatment of gender-specific insults and the application of equality laws in such contexts.

Background of the Lawsuit

A trans bus driver named Amanda Fischer filed a lawsuit against her former employer, London United Busways, claiming gender reassignment discrimination.

The core of her case rested on an incident where she alleged that another employee had called her a derogatory term while she was transitioning.

In addition, Fischer asserted that a particular driver had driven dangerously close to her due to her transgender identity, causing her to fear for her safety.


Tribunal’s Decision on the Insult

The focus of the tribunal’s deliberations was the nature of the insult directed at Fischer.

The term in question, a derogatory word, is commonly used to insult men.

The tribunal asserted that this term is not “gender-neutral,” emphasizing that it is typically targeted at males.

Consequently, the use of this term against a trans woman who has undergone gender transition constitutes a violation of equality laws.

While the company argued that the derogatory term could be used against both men and women, the tribunal disagreed.


It stated that if the term had been directed at Fischer, it would indeed have been an act of discrimination.

The tribunal members drew on their own experiences and indicated that the term is applied predominantly to men.

Tribunal’s Evaluation of Fischer’s Claims

A key aspect of Fischer’s lawsuit was the claim that she was subjected to a hostile work environment due to her transgender identity.

She recounted an incident where an employee allegedly used the derogatory term while displaying aggressive behavior towards her.

Fischer believed that this incident exemplified the discriminatory treatment she faced in the workplace.


However, the tribunal ultimately found in favor of the company, asserting that the derogatory incident did not actually occur.

It concluded that Fischer’s claim was not substantiated and dismissed her complaint regarding the alleged near miss by a driver.

The tribunal determined that she was not discriminated against as a trans woman based on the evidence presented.

Implications and Conclusion

The tribunal’s ruling highlights the nuanced nature of gender-specific insults and their impact on individuals who have transitioned.

The decision underscores the importance of considering the broader context and societal connotations of certain terms in cases of alleged discrimination.


This case serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to address discrimination and uphold equality in the workplace, particularly for transgender individuals.

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