Transgender bathrooms continue to cause problems. In New York an employee of Macys, Javier Chavez, was recently fired even though he was prepared to enforce the policy once he had been made aware of it. At the time of the incident he did not know that there had been a change in bathroom policy.
Macy’s department store has fired a Catholic employee because he questioned their transgender bathroom policy, even though he says he told his employer he would enforce the policy.
Back in May, Javier Chavez, a senior store detective at Macy’s Flushing, New York, location got a phone call about a male accessing the ladies room along with a female.
A female customer and her daughter were afraid to enter the restroom due the male’s presence there, and a security guard reporting to Chavez directed the man to leave and use the men’s room. The man left, claiming to be a female, before then complaining to the store officials about being asked to leave.
Chavez was later informed by a Macy’s assistant store manager that certain males can use the ladies restroom, something he had not been made aware of prior to the incident. Then an assistant security manager told Chavez that transgender individuals can use the bathroom of their choosing.
Chavez responded that he had just become aware of the policy. He said it was contrary to his religion and the Bible, but said that even so, he would enforce Macy’s policy.
“Macy’s would not leave this alone,” Catholic League President Bill Donohue stated, “and this is where it crossed the line.”
Chavez was then called to a meeting with his human resources manager, who suspended him, and he was subsequently fired.
According to a legal complaint, the retailer terminated Chavez even though he had not previously been made aware that Macy’s allowed transgender individuals to use the bathroom of their choice, and also in spite of the fact Chavez had promised to uphold the policy while working. His case is now before the New York State Division of Human Rights.
“After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy, I was terminated because of my religion, in violation of the New York State Human Rights Law,” Chavez states in his complaint.
…Donohue said Macy’s had no lawful or moral basis for terminating Chavez, and that in doing so, the retailer acted like a totalitarian regime. He said as well that Macy’s actions conflict with the principle of religious liberty.
“The most basic religious right is the right to believe,” he said. “If conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing.”
“Macy’s has no legal, or moral, grounds to stand on,” continued Donohue. “For merely holding beliefs that are contrary to the store’s policy, Chavez was fired.”
In this incident the employee was Catholic. I would love to see what would happen if he had been Muslim instead. Imagine the employer’s dilemma. Do Transgender rights top Muslim rights? This case is another example of a Christian being treated differently to a Muslim. When Christian bakers refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple they ended up losing their business because of the backlash. This happened despite the glaring fact that the lesbian couple would not have been able to get a Muslim bakery in their area to bake the cake either. The difference was that no lesbians would dare ask a Muslim bakery to do such a thing.