Transgender van driver accuses former bosses of transphobia

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Hayley Stanley worked as a van driver for Gnewt Cargo – which delivers for brands including John Lewis, Debenhams, M&S, Next and Amazon.- between May 2014 and January 2018. She said that for all these years she had been bullied and discriminated against because she is trans. She claims that in addition to persistent “pointing and sniggering” from colleagues, in part they vandalized her bicycle several times. Colleagues would also seek to bully Ms Stanley by packing boxes and assorted items in front of her loading bay, meaning she would have to clear the area before she could load her van. She tried to complain to the manager but he only smirked at her. The case is significant as Ms Stanley was technically employed as an “independent contractor” which could be used to deny her legal protections against discrimination. IWGB General Secretary Dr. Jason Moyer-Lee said: “Employment rights are not just about wage issues they are also about dignity and humane treatment. The sort of transphobic bullying and harassment that Hayley was subjected to is just one example of the many human costs of companies bogusly classing their workers as independent contractors. Gnewt cargo is not the only culprit here. If we want employment laws to mean anything, the government needs to actively enforce them.”

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