Fired transgender teacher goes to tribunal

Jan Buterman, a transgendered teacher who lost his job in St. Albert, poses at Grant Notley Park in...

Jan Buterman, a transgendered teacher who lost his job in St. Albert, poses at Grant Notley Park in Edmonton, Alberta on Sunday, April 10, 2011. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/EDMONTON SUN)

Trevor Robb, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 PM ET

EDMONTON -- A transgender teacher who was fired in 2008 will have his discrimination complaint heard by an Alberta human rights tribunal, thanks to a recent ruling by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Sheila Greckol.

Jan Buterman was fired from his substitute-teaching job after he informed the Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools about his sex change. The gender switch was deemed unacceptable by the school district.

The following year, Buterman filed an appeal but the school district successfully challenged the motion before the human rights commission, who dubbed the appeal without merit.

That decision was overturned by the chief of commission, who felt the case should indeed go before a tribunal. The school district countered by filing for a judicial review, and the case has been in limbo ever since.

“I am very happy that this decision went this way,” said Buterman.


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