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Barrister awarded £22k after being ‘victimisedfor gender-critical views

ي. ك. ROWLING has congratulated a barrister awarded £22,000 after a judge found her bosses had discriminated against her because she holdsgender-criticalbeliefs.

Allison Bailey alleged her employer Garden Court Chambers began investigating her after pressure from LGBT charity Stonewall.

J.K. Rowling has lauded a 'heroine' barrister who took her chambers to a tribunal after claiming she was the victim of discrimination

J.K. Rowling has lauded a ‘heroinebarrister who took her chambers to a tribunal after claiming she was the victim of discrimination
Allison Bailey said her employer Garden Court Chambers began investigating her after pressure from LGBT charity Stonewall.

Allison Bailey said her employer Garden Court Chambers began investigating her after pressure from LGBT charity Stonewall.

A tribunal has now found Garden Court discriminated against Ms Bailey by publishing a tweet saying a probe had been launched into her behaviour.

The workplace was also wrong to uphold a claim by Stonewall which argued that two of Ms Bailey’s tweets werelikely to breachthe Bar Standards Board’score duties”, it was found.

Following the judgement, Harry Potter author Rowling قالت: “Allison Bailey is a heroine to me and innumerable other feminists for refusing to abandon her beliefs and principles in the fact of intimidation and discrimination.

Congratulations. And I couldn’t be prouder of my friend.”

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The row began in December 2018, when Ms Bailey, 52, complained to her colleagues about Garden Court becoming a Stonewall Diversity Champion. She claimed the charity promotestrans extremism”.

She was also asked by her bosses to take down two tweets, one of which blasted theappalling levels of intimidation, fear and coercionbehind Stonewall’s self-identificationagenda”.

العام التالي, Ms Baileya lesbian gay rights championalleges the chambers withheld work from her.

ومع ذلك, the tribunal dismissed a claim relating to her loss of income, as well as a second allegation that Stonewall had instructed the chambers to discriminate against her.

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Despite that, a reserved judgment handed down on Tuesday upheld Ms Bailey’s claim that Garden Court discriminated against her because of her beliefs.

The judgement relates to tweets written and posted by the chambers.

The posts said complaints against Ms Bailey would be investigated, and that two of her tweets were likely to breach barristers’ core duties.

يتحدث الى بريد يومي, Ms Bailey said: “This is a vindication for all those who, like me, object to the erasure of biological sex, of women, and of same sex attraction as material realities.

It represents judicial recognition of the abuse waged against us.

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The chambers has been ordered to pay out for injury to Ms Bailey’s feelings.

Bosses say they may yet appeal.

What is Stonewall?

Stonewall was set up in the 1980s in response to legislation known as Section 28.

The law prohibited thepromotion of homosexualityin schools.

It has since successfully campaigned for gay and lesbian rights.

ومع ذلك, in more recent times, the charity has attracted growing criticism for its new focus on trans rights.

It’s alleged the organisation has taken anextremist stanceand aggressively tried to shut down debate.

Its Diversity Champions programme is designed to promote workplaceswhere LGBTQ+ people are free to be themselves and can live their lives to the full”.

ومع ذلك, Ms Bailey alleged in her case that companies and public bodies that sign up to the £2,500-a-year scheme are pressed to embrace its ideology of transgender self-identification.