On January 26, 2023, Ann Menasche filed suit in San Diego Superior Court against her former employer, Disability Rights California, for wrongful termination, sex and sexual orientation discrimination, and retaliation. She claims she was fired for declaring that “safe legal abortion is a life-and-death issue for women as a sex” and for supporting the maintenance of sex and sexual orientation as protected characteristics under law. For this she was labelled a “TERF” and a bigot and a few days later and without warning, fired.
Feminists in Struggle and allies have initiated a Justice for Ann Committee that is working with others on getting media and garnering support for Ann’s case. The case is the first in the U.S. to challenge in court the silencing and no-platforming of feminists through targeting their livelihoods. In the U.K. there have been several cases including that of Maya Forstater and Allison Bailey that led to successful outcomes for the women and helped lessen the fear women have of their gender critical views becoming known.