A transgender woman has been awarded £ 9,000 after resolving a case of sexual discrimination against Debenhams.
Ava Moore, of Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, applied for a sales assistant job with the street retailer in the period before Christmas 2018.
He attended an interview that he thought went well, but a few days later he was informed that he had not succeeded.
Then, Ms. Moore received an anonymous email saying she was not offered the job because she is a transgender woman.
She told the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland that she felt a change in the atmosphere when she showed the interviewer her birth certificate, which revealed her gender history.
She said: “I was so upset. What does my gender have to do with my ability to make sales? I’m just trying to improve my life, I want to work and stay.
“My confidence was moved and I was so deflated; I felt that no matter how much I tried or how well I performed in the interview, I simply felt that my gender was more important than being able to do the job. Work.”
The case was resolved with the help of the commission, but Debenhams has not accepted responsibility.
Dr. Michael Wardlow, chief commissioner of the Equality Commission, said: “The issue here is simple: a job should go to the person who performs best in the interview and in the selection tests. That is what the equal opportunities in practice.
“The company confirmed that Ava had a good performance in the interview and in the interaction with customers, and says she told them she was willing to work the required hours.”
“The more open and inclusive the recruitment process is, the more likely it is to prevent illegal discrimination and increase the likelihood of obtaining the best and most qualified people for the job.”
Debenhams said he would work with the commission to review its equal opportunities policies and procedures.
The chain went into administration last year and is closing dozens of stores across the UK.