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Friday, May 5, 2006

News:"He-she" not biased; Trans MP bathroom issue

Does calling someone a 'he-she' signal job bias?: The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently heard an appeal from the dismissal of a Title VII employment discrimination case involving a transgender employee. The trial judge said there was not enough evidence of discrimination to bring the case before a jury. The plaintiff had worked at the employer for 17 years without complaint, but after change of management, received 12 reprimands in a year and was fired. The plaintiff brought a witness, a priest working at the department, who testified that the supervisors repeatedly referred to her as a "he-she." The trial judge dismissed the case, ruling that the employer's use of the term "he-she" did not show discrimination. A decision is expected in six months to a year.

Where does a transgender MP go to the bathroom?: An Italian lawmaker suggested in parliament that the transgender MP, Vladimir Luxuria, be required to use a restricted bathroom. Some other Italian legislators have not been particularly friendly either. Alessandra Mussolini, granddaughter of Il Duce, attacked her on state television, saying "better a fascist than a faggot." (Click here for the video) Another group of politicians assaulted her, throwing fennel (in Italian finocchio, a word also meaning "faggot").

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