Sex change – employer to appeal – By Sally Evans

Steel retailer Bohler Uddeholm Africa has applied for leave to appeal against a Labour Court order that it reinstate transsexual Christine Ehlers.

Judge Ellem Francis ordered the company 10 days ago to reinstate Ehlers, 43, after he found her dismissal last year was unfair and unconstitutional. He said that “suddenly, because she had to undergo a sex-change operation and wanted to assert her femininity, she was dismissed because it might upset some backward customers”.