Transgendered teacher fired after announcing gender reassignment treatment

Oct 15, 2009

By Brian Norris

In what is sure to stir up the separation of church and state debate, Alberta teacher Jan Buterman has recently filed a human rights complaint against the local Catholic school board after he was unceremoniously released from his duties as a supply teacher due to his pending gender reassignment surgery.

The story has picked up national interest and has already been noted in the National Post and on the CBC news website.

Freedom from discrimination due to sexual orientation is a human right in Canada. If you have been prejudiced in the workplace due to your sexual orientation you may want to consult with an employment lawyer to discuss your rights.

Brian Norris is the office manager at Whitten & Lublin LLP, an employment law firm providing counsel to both employers and employees on a wide range of workplace law matters.

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