Trans woman’s 3-year name change battle with bank results in $6,800 compensation

DeirdreLEXIE CANNES STATE OF TRANS — Three years after first attempting to make a name change on her bank account, Deirdre O’Byrne of Dublin, Ireland was awarded $6,800 (USD) in compensation after a tribunal ruled she was treated differently than a married couple requesting a name change.

O’Byrne was told by her bank, AIB, that her existing account need to be closed first — something not required of just-married customers. Further, the bank insisted on using her former name while corresponding with her during the entire time it took beginning with filing a complaint to the tribunal’s ruling three years later.

In addition to the award, the Equality Tribunal ordered AIB to review name change policies.

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This is bizarre in the sense that the customer willingly gives the bank money so they can function like a bank.  AIB joins a number of other banks that have forgotten this.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/transgender-woman-awarded-5000-for-being-told-to-close-aib-bank-account-620021.html

Deirdre

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Categories: Discrimination, Equality, Civil Rights, Policy, Administrative, Transgender, Transsexual, Trans

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4 replies

  1. My name and gender change with both of my banks went very smoothly.

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