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Sign of the Times - Picture Perfect or Picture Flawed?

27 May 2016 | Updated 01 January 1970

A Jersey tribunal has found in favour of Ms Erin Bisson who wanted Condor Ferries to remove the words 'Men' or 'Ladies' from its toilet doors and other signage - but Bisson was most aggrieved as she had been told to use the disabled access facilities when she asked a member of staff which toilet she should use.

Bisson, who is transgender, brought the legal action claiming the wording demonstrated indirect discrimination. Condor Ferries admitted the charges at Jersey's Employment and Discrimination Tribunal on Friday May 20 although the company had been working with Bisson since early this year to affect changes - which legally must now be complete by June 30.

Condor Ferries released a statement which reads: 'Following the lodging of a complaint about transgender discrimination, we worked with the person concerned to draw up a list of measures that Condor Ferries could take to remove the possibility of inadvertent discrimination.

'These measures were then approved by both the complainant and the Tribunal and we have been happy to implement all actions to their satisfaction.

Toilet door signage has been updated across Condor Ferries' fleet and now uses symbols to avoid language issues and provide clarity, however, male and female toilets remain separate. Condor staff have also completed diversity awareness training earlier this year to ensure equal and fair treatment for all passengers'.

Picture: The Condor Liberation





Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 27 May 2016


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