A man who wants to be a woman won a £9,000 settlement from an Irish store after settling a “sex discrimination” case, according to the BBC.
Ava Moore had applied for a job as a temporary sales clerk with Debenhams in County Down just before Christmas 2018. He was turned down for the position despite a strong interview.
Debenhams settled the case with no admission of liability.
After being formally notified that he had not been selected, Moore received an anonymous email which alleged he did not get the job because he was a man dressed as a woman. Moore said his “confidence was rocked” by the news.
He said she had felt a change in mood during the interview after providing his birth certificate, which disclosed his actual gender.
“This job was exactly what I’d been looking for and I thought that I’d be really good at it,” he said. “I felt that it didn’t matter how hard I tried, or how well I performed at interview, it just seemed to me that my gender was more important than being able to do the job.”
“What does my gender have to do with my ability to make sales?” he added.
Michael Wardlow, chief commissioner of the Equality Commission, which supported Moore in his case against Debenhams, said the issues were simple.
“A job should go to the person who does best at interview and in selection tests,” he said.
Wardlow said he welcomed a commitment by Debenhams to liaise with the Commission to review its equal opportunities policies, practices and procedures.