Trans Malaysian was told to ‘look like a man’ if she wanted to get a job


A transgender chef at the Malaysian strand of Nobu has reported the company after they said they would employ her only under one condition — if she hid her female identity and ‘looked like a man’. Shairazi Bahari was offered a front of house position at the restaurant after interviewing for a role in November, reports The Guardian. But the restaurant was ready to give her a job only if she wore male clothes and used male bathrooms. “I got a call from the HR lady where she was telling me that they were really keen on hiring me, but they had [an] issue with my appearance, and would I consider the offer with the condition that I cut my hair, wear a male uniform and use the male toilets,” Bahari said, “I don’t think they wanted anything like that in writing so they gave me a phone call.” She did not want such a compromise so she did not get the job. Transgender people are not seen as equals under the eyes of the law in Malaysia. It is illegal to change your declared gender in the country, or to receive surgery to change gender, reports the Equaldex.


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