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17 Dec 2019

Japan backs transgender people using the bathroom that matches their gender in landmark court case

A trans woman brought her case against the government to a court in Tokyo, arguing that her workplace discriminated against her when it limited the bathrooms that she could use.

The woman, who worked for the government at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, will be paid damages of ¥1.32 million.
It’s the first ruling in Japan in favour of a person suffering workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, said lawyers representing the woman.
“The restriction is illegal because it constrains people’s benefits of living their lives in accordance with their self-identified genders,” presiding judge Kenji Ebara said when handing down the ruling.

The woman, who worked for the government at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, will be paid damages of ¥1.32 million.It’s the first ruling in Japan in favour of a person suffering workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, said lawyers representing the woman.

“The restriction is illegal because it constrains people’s benefits of living their lives in accordance with their self-identified genders,” presiding judge Kenji Ebara said when handing down the ruling.

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-12-17 05:24  
Yahoo!! And so the cookie crumbles.....
2. 2019-12-18 14:32  
Cmon folks its 2019 dont we have larger more important issues to worry about then what room people use to relieve themselves. Really!
3. 2019-12-18 18:28  
@bludude06: so well-said!
4. 2019-12-20 23:25
So nice not to have a certain oily someone not dumping on everyone’s parade

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