Diary

Filling jobs by quota and the Boston trolley wreck

At first the ABC News headline Texting Trolley Driver Is Transgendered Male seems a bit silly. Who cares about the person’s personal life for the most part as long as they are competent? If they’re alcoholic or a drug abuser or have some disorder that causes them to pass out or fall asleep — well sure, that I’d care about.

But when you read the article it makes you wonder. No one will say it on the record of course, but according to multiple sources, a key reason for his/her hire was the status as FTM whatever that means. Fully transgendered male maybe?

Do people need any sort of qualifications or to pass any sort of training regimen? Or is it strictly a quota system and some HR exec said damn it we need to find an FTM to meet our quota?