Discrimination against transsexual employees is illegal
The European Union protects transsexual people from discrimination in employment. In 1992, a transsexual woman was fired after she had a gender reassignment operation. She took her
employer to court. In 1996, the European Court of Justice ruled that this was a case of discrimination on the grounds of sex as she was dismissed because of her gender identity.
With reference to this case, the European Union included gender reassignment in the 2006 Gender Recast Directive confirming that transsexual employees are protected from
European law is clear.
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Currently transgender identities are considered as a mental illness. Doctors and psychiatrists take most of the decisions on transgender people’s identities. Many transgender
people are subjected to invasive and degrading physical and psychological tests, treatment and procedures.
As a result, transgender people are robbed of control over their body, identity, and life.
ILGA-Europe insists on respect and dignity for transgender people. We demand an end of pathologisation without any loss of needed health care.