International Asia Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

Japan govt ordered to pay damages over transgender toilet ban

It is believed to be Japan's first case involving damages over the work environment for transgender people.

Author

Date

Category

- Advertisement -

A Tokyo court on Thursday ordered the Japanese government to pay compensation to a transgender official who was refused use of the women’s bathroom at work.

“The Tokyo district court ordered the accused to pay 1.3 million yen ($12,000) in damages,” a court spokesman told AFP.

“The court also ordered the government to let the official use the women’s bathroom freely, by removing the requirement that she notify female employees she is transgender,” the spokesman said.

The official who joined the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as a man and now lives as a woman filed suit in 2015, demanding 16.5 million yen in damages over claims she was banned from using the women’s bathroom, local media said.

- Advertisement -

It is believed to be Japan’s first case involving damages over the work environment for transgender people.

The government reportedly argued that it limited the official’s use of the women’s bathroom because it “could not set aside concerns she could harm female staff.”

Presiding judge Takeshi Ebara said the ministry’s decision “was extremely lacking in validity,” according to the Mainichi Shimbun daily.

The judge also said that a comment by the official’s boss suggesting she should revert to a male gender identity “exceeds the limit allowed by the law.”

© Agence France-Presse

- Advertisement -

29-year-old inmate gets straight As for O levels, tops her cohort

Singapore — A 29-year-old inmate has topped her inmate cohort in the results for last year's GCE O-level examinations, according to the Singapore Prison Service (SPS) on Wednesday (Jan 13). Her story was released on Captains of Lives, the Facebook page...

9 new NMPs lay out topics they will be bringing up in Parliament

Singapore—House Speaker Tan Chuan-Jin announced on Thursday (Jan 14) that the nine new Nominated Members of Parliament (NMP) are to be appointed on Jan 21. The NMP scheme, introduced in Singapore in 1990, was put in place to ensure that there would...

Chee Soon Juan posts video calling out “sinful waste of public funds in Bukit Batok”

Singapore—Dr Chee Soon Juan, the secretary-general of the Singapore Democratic Party (SDP), posted a video on his Facebook page on Wednesday (Jan 13) decrying a "sinful waste of public funds in Bukit Batok.” He was referring to a proposed linkway from Member...