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Don't call me the 'Tranny Trucker' anymore!

by Elissa Corrigan. Published Mon 30 Mar 2009 14:11
Vikki-Marie Gaynor
Vikki-Marie Gaynor

A transsexual truck driver who was victimised when she started dressing as a woman has made a heartfelt plea: "Don't call me the tranny trucker!"

Vikki-Marie Gaynor gained notoriety after being awarded £20,000 compensation for sex discrimination and hurt feelings from her employer Exel Europe in October last year.

Blonde Vikki, who was born a man, was hounded of her job at the haulage firm after turning up to work dressed as a woman and wearing make-up.

She then filed claims for sexual discrimination and loss of earnings after shifts dried up and she was subjected to abuse from fellow drivers.

But Vikki, whose case propelled her into the media spotlight, has now pleaded for her nickname to be dropped, claiming she just wants to be known as the "girl over the road."

During an hour-long Remedy hearing, she said: "I have never asked for the attention I have received but I have been thrust into the media spotlight and I am known as the 'Transsexual Trucker'.

"I have absolutely no confidence and no prospects of a job on the horizon.

"I just want to fall into the background, I don't want to be the tranny trucker anymore. I just want to be that girl over road."

Miss Gaynor was attending Liverpool's Employment Tribunal was disbuting a £5,500 legal bill from B.B.H Solicitors, who represented her through part of her proceedings.

Former soldier Vikki had sought legal representation from the Citizens Advice Bureau in 2007.

But only a month before her hearing her solicitor Miss Deakin left to join the firm B.B.H Solicitors.

Miss Deakin then continued to represent the case, charging Vikki-Marie for her time and effort.

Continuing at the remedy hearing, Miss Gaynor added: "I couldn't believe my eyes when I was given a crude and extremely large legal bill.

"I had a meeting with the solicitors and I was given permission to use Miss Deakin's services but I had no idea it would be to the tune of £5,500.

"The action that I took which incurred these legal costs were because my employer failed to defend me against the discrimination.

"The basis of my application is that these proceedings should never have happened in the first place.

"Had my employers stood up for me I would never be in this mess.

"When I went to the Citizens Advice Bureau, Miss Deakins agreed to represent me.

"She then moved to a law firm, but I still needed her services. She knew my case inside out and no-one else would have been able to take it on in such a short space of time.

"I would never have got this far without Miss Deakin, my employers solicitors would have wiped the floor with me."

However, after a 10 minute deliberation Employment Judge Shotter along with Mrs Try and Mr Cunningham dismissed Vikki-Marie's claim.

Judge Shotter said: "We have unanimously decided that your application for legal costs is not well founded and is therefore dismissed.

"We had to consider whether the solicitors acted abusively, disruptively or otherwise unreasonably, or the bringing or conducting of the proceedings by the paying party has been misconceived.

"We have found that this was not the case since you were successfully defended on a number of issues during the proceedings.

"By your own admission you say that they did not conduct themselves unreasonably and therefore your claim for costs is not well founded and is dismissed."



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