Another transgender bathroom issue has caused a dedicated worker to be fired over his faith and objection against the new policy.
Javier Chavez, a Romanc Catholic, loved his job at Macy’s. He was hired in 1990 as a door guard, and was eventually promoted to senior store detective at the department store’s location in Flushing, Queens. He’s your classic example of an American worker who worked hard to get where he is today.
But after more than 26 years on the job, Chavez was fired because of an incident involving a man who identified as a woman using the ladies room. In May, Chavez responded to a call about a distraught female customer and her daughter. They were afraid to enter the ladies room because a claimed transgender person was using the facilities. The transgender was politely asked to leave, but he stubbornly refused. The transgender customer then complained to store management and escalated the situation.
An assistant store manager informed Chavez that men who identify as women are allowed to use the ladies room. Chavez complied, despite it being against his beliefs. Still, that wasn’t enough for HR. Chavez apparently had “raised suspicion” over his religious affiliation, and was then effectively terminated.
Mr. Chavez has filed an official complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights claiming he was terminated because of his religious beliefs:
“[The transgender] later exited the bathroom holding hands with his female companion and he declared that he ‘was a female,’ which was not true… I advised her that this was against my religion and contrary to the Bible. I also mentioned that I would not like my young daughters to be in the bathroom with a male inside… After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy, I was terminated because of my religion…”
Bill Donohue, of the Catholic League, said it’s a clear case of religious discrimination.
“The most basic religious right is the right to believe; if conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing,” Donohue said. “Macy’s has no legal, or moral grounds to stand on. For merely holding beliefs that are contrary to the store’s policy, Chavez was fired. This is what totalitarian regimes do, not American commercial establishments.”
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