The woman who says she was fired for wearing a pink dress at a company meeting has been ordered to pay more than $1.2 million to the company she was working for.
But a jury has also awarded her damages for her wrongful termination, including the loss of her job.
Jodie Mowat says she felt like she was being fired because she was transgender, which made her feel like an outsider.
“It made me feel like I wasn’t part of this,” she says.
“I had no support system.
I had no access to healthcare.
And I had to do everything myself.”
Mowatt says she started working at a software company in 2009.
She says she had been asked to do work that included a lot of administrative work, and her bosses told her to be more accommodating to the transgender community.
“They just said, ‘We need to work together.
Let’s find ways to be together and work together.'”
In December 2011, Mowatts husband, Mark Mowats, told her they were going to leave her job and go back to school, but she was adamant she wanted to keep working.
She told him she had to be a woman to do it.
Mowits family says she made a mistake.
“When they asked her to do something, she refused,” Mark Mopkins says.
In June 2012, he and his wife, Debra, started looking for another job.
They were applying for jobs as managers, so Mowitts parents hired a lawyer.
Mopmins parents said they had seen that a woman would be hired for a position with the same job title as a man, and that was how they knew the family was looking for a woman.
The lawyer says the family is confident in its decision.
“We believe this decision will help us get our children the care and education they deserve,” Debra Mopmits said.
Mark Moppkins says he was told by his employer, SAP, that they were discriminating against transgender employees.
He says he and Debra say the company is still trying to explain to him why he was fired.
“There’s no way they’re going to come out and say, ‘This is the reason we fired you,'” he says.
He said he’s not happy with how his daughter was treated and feels it is not just about him, but also the other employees who were not allowed to express themselves in the office.
“To be fired from a job like that, it’s devastating,” he says, adding that it took years for him to get his family to see the point.
The family says they’re happy they got the money to settle the case, but that they want to see justice for their daughter.
The decision is set to be heard at the Manitoba Supreme Court.
It is not clear how much the jury will find.