V&A museum accused of "failing to protect transgender workforce"

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V&A museum accused of "failing to protect transgender workforce"

A vigil has been staged outside the V&A museum this evening to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Public and Commercial Services union organised the event after accusing the South Kensington cultural centre of sacking a member of staff because they weren't able to protect them from "a workplace campaign of transphobic hate".

In response, a spokesperson for the V&A museum said: 

"The safety and wellbeing of the V&A’s employees, volunteers and visitors is of the highest priority. We are categorically against any kind of discrimination or behaviour which negatively targets an individual, group or community, operating a zero tolerance policy.

Since March 2015 the Metropolitan and Kent Police have been leading investigations into a number of incidents involving one member of V&A staff at his home and work. The incidents at work took the form of abusive letters and one incident in February 2016 that required medical attention. There have been no further incidents at the Museum for over a year.

After 20 months of police investigation, no suspect has been identified. Working closely with the police we have implemented an additional range of support and security measures during this period. However, having explored numerous options to facilitate a safe return to work and avoid this outcome, we have been left with no alternative but to preclude him from returning to work after 20 months away."

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