Maya Forstater was discriminated against over gender-critical views, tribunal rules

Yoana Cholteeva for People Management

A think tank researcher who lost her job after sharing views about trans people on social media was directly discriminated against, the latest tribunal has ruled.

Following a series of tweets by Maya Forstater in 2019 suggesting that transgender women could not change their biological sex, she was not offered an employment contract, nor was her unpaid visiting fellowship role at the Center for Global Development (CGD) renewed.

On Wednesday (6 July), the latest employment tribunal in a long-running legal battle since Forstater pursued the case in 2019 ruled that her employer’s decision was direct discrimination related to Forstater’s ‘gender-critical’ beliefs.