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Transsexual police officer loses discrimination Employment Tribunal

A police officer who claims she was forced to ‘out’ herself as transsexual has lost her discrimination case at an Employment Tribunal.

PC Emma Chapman, who works for Essex Police, had been seeking compensation from the force after claiming she felt ‘humiliated’ by her colleagues.

PC Chapman was born a male and went through a gender reassignment 14 years ago.

The 44-year-old, who is based in Southend-on-Sea, claimed that on three occasions control room staff challenged her identity when she called in.

Operators, hearing a male-sounding voice, forced her to explain over the radio that she was a transsexual.

But an Employment Tribunal in East London rejected her claim deciding she was ‘over-sensitive’ and ‘unreasonably offended’ when questioned about her voice on police radio.

The tribunal ruling stated PC Chapman’s reaction was extreme and he had been ‘unreasonably prone to take offence.’

The Police Federation, the police trade union, supported her in her legal action, which was seen as a landmark case.

The tribunal praised Essex Police for introducing transgender awareness training six months ago.

It is understood that, at present, PC Chapman does not plan to appeal against the judgement.

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