A High Court judge sided with Maya Forstater, 47, in her appeal against the Center for Global Development, which refused to renew her contract in March 2019 after colleagues complained about her controversial tweets , Sky News reported.
“I am delighted to have been justified. I lost my job just for expressing a point of view that is true and important, and shared by the vast majority of people in this country: sex matters, ”she said in a statement regarding the ruling. his favor last week.
Forstater, who lives in St. Albans, England, was criticized for her tweets in 2018 which said “men are not women” and “sex is immutable”. She also wrote about her opposition to a proposed change to a law that would have allowed people to declare their own sex.
She lost her original trial in 2019 when a judge said her views were “not worthy of respect in a democratic society”.
But on Thursday, a judge presiding over her appeal said the lower court “erred in law” and that the “critical gender beliefs” expressed by Forstater were protected by the Equality Act because they ” did not seek to destroy the rights of transgender people ”. “, Reported the BBC.
The judge ruled that another hearing should be held at the tribunal, a legal body dedicated to labor disputes.
He wrote that while Forstater’s views “may be deeply offensive and even distressing”, they “must be tolerated in a pluralistic society”.
The judge acknowledged that the transgender community could be disappointed with the decision, but said it had “expressed no views on the merits on either side of the transgender debate,” the BBC reported.
“This ruling does not mean that people with critical gender beliefs can” mis-gender “trans people with impunity,” the judge wrote.
“The Applicant, like everyone else, will continue to be subject to the prohibitions of discrimination and harassment that apply to everyone. “
Amanda Glassman, executive vice president of the Center for Global Development, called the move “disappointing.”
“Today’s decision is a step backwards for inclusion and equality for all. We are currently reviewing the different avenues to take with our lawyers, ”said Glassman, Sky News reported.
Forstater has previously received support from ‘Harry Potter’ author JK Rowling, who also received backlash for sharing similar views and tweeting: ‘Live your best life in peace and security. But forcing women to quit their jobs for saying that sex is real? ”