The Central Administrative Court docket has ordered Thammasat College to rehire a transgender individual as a lecturer.
The decision in favour of Kathawut “Kath” Khangpiboon, which got here out yesterday, stated the college’s causes for not hiring her are illegitimate.
“Though she might need some rude phrases and inappropriate photos on social media, these actions usually are not prohibited traits for college officers,” the courtroom stated in its assertion. It overruled Thammasat’s choice, made just a few years in the past, to not rent Kathawut as a lecturer.
“I hope my case will set a precedent, boosting job alternatives for individuals of all genders,” Kathawut stated.
At the moment, Kathawut had already sailed by the recruitment course of and been instructing on the college’s School of Social Administration. Regardless of the school’s approval of her employment, the Thammasat govt board blocked Kathawut from being employed as a everlasting lecturer.
Kathawut took the case earlier than the Central Administrative Court docket, which dominated yesterday that Thammasat should signal an employment contract along with her inside 60 days of the ruling.
Nevertheless, the courtroom dismissed Kathawut’s request for compensation of Bt363,000 (S$15,253) plus Bt23,700 a month to cowl the price of misplaced alternatives because the day she filed a criticism.
Thammasat can enchantment the choice inside 30 days.
“If it rehires me, I’ll positively return. I’ve supposed to work as a lecturer all alongside,” she stated.
Whereas Kathawut suspected that Thammasat was biased towards her for her gender id, the courtroom yesterday stated the case was not about gender. Thammasat employees had stated they’d issues that Kathawut’s social-media fashion was inappropriate and would possibly damage the college’s picture.
Nationwide Human Rights Commissioner member Angkhana Neelaphaijit, who was in courtroom to look at the case, stated: “This case underlines the rights and equality of individuals, no matter their age or gender.”
Chumaporn Tangkliang, a core member of the Togetherness for Equality and Motion Group, which has been selling the rights of LGBT individuals, stated the general public response to Kathawut’s case was superb.
“They do not see Kath as a transgender, however extra like a girl,” Chumaporn stated. “The decision in favour of Kath is seen as a victory on Worldwide Girls’s Day.”
Sitting contained in the courtroom with Kathawut, Chumaporn stated she had seen an open-mindedness and liberal angle within the courtroom.
“For instance, the courtroom doesn’t see Kath’s social-media posts as unethical. These posts usually are not public. They’re info Kath has shared with buddies,” Chumaporn stated.
She added that the courtroom had additionally dismissed Thammasat’s suggestion that Kathawut’s social-media complaints about having to put on trousers throughout a coaching course mirrored that she was not appropriate for a instructing job.
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