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Transsexual driver wins tribunal

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Ms Gaynor worked as a driver for a DHL company

A transsexual lorry driver has won a sex discrimination claim after being forced out of a job weeks after arriving dressed as a woman.

Vikki-Marie Gaynor, formerly known as Mike, started having shifts cancelled and being abused by fellow workers at haulage firm Exel, part of DHL.

Ms Gaynor, 37, of Wirral, quit the firm and launched the action last year.

The employment tribunal found that DHL had discriminated against the former soldier by removing her usual run.

Ms Gaynor, a pre-operative transsexual who has a teenage daughter, joined the firm through Blue Arrow recruitment agency in October 2006.

I am absolutely made up, I really am. It has been a year of hell
Vikki-Marie Gaynor

The tribunal hearings in Liverpool heard that the trouble began when she arrived for a shift wearing make-up and jewellery.

Ms Gaynor, who obtained a HGV licence with the Royal Corps of Transport, told bosses in February 2007 of her intentions.

It was after this that colleagues began making cruel jibes and making offensive gestures towards her.

Ms Gaynor's belongings and make-up were removed from her lorry and dumped in a bin liner in a disabled toilet at the DHL base in Kirkby, Merseyside.

The tribunal found that DHL did discriminate against Ms Gaynor by removing her usual run, but that Blue Arrow did not "aid or abet".

However, Blue Arrow did discriminate against Ms Gaynor in the way it dealt with two grievance complaints.

Outcome accepted

Speaking on Monday, Ms Gaynor, from Wallasey, said it would be months before a compensation figure could be agreed.

She said: "I am absolutely made up, I really am. It has been a year of hell.

"Discrimination against the trans community exists and it is horrible."

Ms Gaynor has now launched her own business aimed at tackling trans-gender discrimination and prejudice.

A spokesman for Blue Arrow said the agency accepted the outcome of the tribunal and now "considered the matter closed".




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