A tax expert who was sacked after claiming people cannot change their biological sex insist her views are based on ‘fundamental scientific fact’, an employment appeal tribunal has heard.
Maya Forstater’s contract was not renewed at an international think-tank in 2019 after she posted a series of controversial opinions including that ‘men cannot change into women’.
The Central London Employment Tribunal upheld the dismissal after judge James Tayler described her beliefs as ‘not worthy of respect in a democratic society’.
Her case gained national attention after Harry Potter author JK Rowling voiced her support, and said she disagreed with the tribunal’s decision to throw out the tax expert’s discrimination claim.
In a landmark case defending her right to free speech, Miss Forstater yesterday launched an appeal against the ruling accusing the employment tribunal of being ‘Orwellian’ in its verdict.
Today the 47-year-old reiterated her views that biological sex is ‘real, important, immutable, and not to be conflated with gender identity.
Ms Forstater said she was ‘concerned’ children were being ‘encouraged’ that it is possible to ‘change sex or simply to be a member of the opposite sex… at an early age’.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Raven Saunt