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Non-binary and gender fluid people protected under the Equality Act after landmark ruling against Jaguar Land Rover

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Non-binary and gender fluid people protected under the Equality Act after landmark ruling against Jaguar Land Rover

People hold a non-binary flag. (Stewart Kirby/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) An employment tribunal has affirmed that the UK’s Equality Act extends discrimination protections to non-binary and gender fluid people, ruling against Jaguar Land Rover .

In its ruling on Monday (14 September), Birmingham employment judge Patrice Hughes found in favour of an engineer, R Taylor, who was “subjected to insults and abusive jokes at work” and had their restroom access restricted. Under the non-discrimination law passed by the Labour government in 2010 , people are entitled to protection from discriminatory treatment in the workplace based on a number of protected characteristics, including sexual orientation and “gender reassignment”. Jaguar Land Rover argues that it’s legal to discriminate against non-binary people.

The company had insisted that the discrimination protections did not apply in the case, arguing that the term “gender reassignment only applies to people who transition between the binary genders of male and female.

However, the tribunal made clear that “gender is a spectrum” and that it is is “beyond any doubt” the protections apply to people with diverse gender identity or expression.

The tribunal made clear that Jaguar Land Rover’s argument is “totally without merit” and that the employee faced a […]

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