Trans woman awarded £9000 in Debenhams discrimination case

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Debenhams transgender court settlement case
Debenhams has settled with no admission of liability
// Debenhams pays trans woman £9000 to settle a discrimination case
// Ava Moore had applied for a job as a temporary sales assistant but was rejected
// The Equality Commission supported Moore in the case

Debenhams has been ordered to pay out a £9000 settlement to a trans woman in order to settle a discrimination case.

The case pertained to Ava Moore, who had applied for a job as a temporary sales assistant with the department store in Newry, County Down in the run up to Christmas 2018, but was turned down for the role.

The Equality Commission supported Moore in the case, which Debenhams settled with no admission of liability.


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After Moore received the formal rejection, she also received an anonymous email which alleged she did not get the job because she was a trans woman.

The Equality Commission chief commissioner Michael Wardlow said he welcomed a commitment by Debenhams to liaise with the commission to review its equal opportunities policies, practices and procedures.

“We have agreed a settlement on the basis of no liability on the part of Debenhams,” Debenhams said in a statement.

“We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to promoting equality and diversity within the business and throughout the sector.

“Decisions on recruitment, training, promotion, and employment conditions are based solely on personal competence and performance.”

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