Japanese transgender people are now allowed to choose bathrooms

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A trans woman brought her case against the government to a court in Tokyo, arguing that her workplace discriminated against her when they barred her from using female bathroom facilities at work. The woman, who worked for the government at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, will be paid damages of ¥1.32 million. The ruling is historic because it is the first legal case of a workplace discrimination on the basis of the person’s sexuality or gender identity that was ruled in favor of the claimant, The Japan Times reports. The woman had a diagnosis of gender dysphoria before she began working in the government department, according to the ruling, and began presenting as a woman at work in in 2010 after consulting with her bosses in 2009. As the woman cannot undergo the gender reassignment surgery due to medical reason, the Japanese laws do not allow her to change her legal gender into female. As her legal gender is stated as male, her boss banned her from using the women’s bathroom on her floor, instead asking her to use the disabled bathroom or the women’s bathroom on a different floor – because her female colleagues were reluctant to use the same toilets as her, according to the lawsuit. The court ruled that this was an “abuse of discretion”.

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