top of page

First Ever Workplace Discrimination Win by Trans Woman in Russia

For the first time in Russia, a transgender person has managed to defend her labor rights in court.

A printing press in St. Petersburg will rehire a transgender woman and pay her two years' worth of lost income in Russia's first ever court case to acknowledge workplace discrimination against a #transgender woman.

Anastasia Vasilyeva was fired from the printing press after 10 years of employment after changing her identification papers from male to female in July 2017. Her employer claimed she was dismissed because she was in a job that by law can be performed by men only.

Back in 2000, a law was imposed to ban women from working in more than 35 industries, more than 450 specific jobs are considered “dangerous” or “arduous” for women.

But now, a Frunze District Court has ordered the printing house to give Vasilyeva her job back. According to the LGBTQ-rights group “Vykhod” (Exit), she will be compensated 10,000 rubles ($154) in moral damages and 1.85 million rubles ($28,500) in lost wages.

“This court decision will, in my opinion, give strength and confidence to transgender people defending their rights in Russia,” said Max Olenichev, a Vykhod lawyer who represented Vasilyeva in court.

bottom of page