The law is an arse, well some of the time…

Well today I learned about what happened when I was at AusCERT and why everyone knew when I got back to the office. I had a great chat with a friend, whom I had not gotten to speak to since the conference.

Turns out after the management conference call, one of the managers pulled every member of his team into a room, and asked them if they had heard the rumors and would they have a problem if Matthew arrived at work on Monday morning in a skirt or a dress. I don’t know whether anyone answered yes, but no more was said on the subject of me, nor what was happening in my life (no doubt for privacy reasons). For those, who hadn’t heard this was quite confusing for them and they had no idea what it was all about.

Fortunately I had already spoken to one of the members of staff and he passed the URL of this blog to those who asked questions, and they understood.

So looking back because of privacy law, the manager wasn’t able to tell anyone what I was doing (or even point people at my public pages telling them what’s happening). However, because of anti discrimination law and the need for diversity in the work place, they had to ask people if they would have a problem with Matthew turning up to work in a dress. Leaving people to thing I would be turning up in drag (ie a transvestite not a transgender person). How stupid are those laws when applied together?!?