Macy’s employee fired for refusing to allow transgender shopper in dressing roomOnline Only, Top Highlights Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
A Macy’s employee in San Antonio, Tex. was fired for refusing to allow a transgender woman in the women’s dressing room during Black Friday weekend. Now, the woman is fighting Macy’s store policy, chalking up her decision to oust the transgender woman to Christian beliefs.
The Macy’s employee described the transgender woman, Natalie Johnson, as a man who was wearing makeup, dressed as a woman. The employee refused to let Johnson use the women’s fitting room. Shortly thereafter, an altercation ensued between Johnson and the Macy’s employee, escalating until other shoppers and the department manager had to intervene the Houston Chronicle is reporting. After being fired for the incident, the former Macy’s employee has sought help from the group Liberty Counsel, an organization that helps those who believe they are wrongfully terminated seek restitution.
“Macy’s does not comment on personnel matters,” said Melissa Goff, Macy’s regional spokeswoman. “At Macy’s we recognize and appreciate the diversity of our customers and associates.”
Liberty Counsel issued the following statement: “Macy’s has essentially opened women’s dressing rooms to every man,” and has asked Macy’s to add a third dressing room for transgender individuals.
The government has developed programs to stop discrimination against transgender people. Massachusetts signed an important bill into legislation earlier this month that adds transgender people as a recognized class protected against discrimination. In October, California signed two transgender rights bills into law. The Gender Nondiscrimination Act makes “gender identity and expression” its own protected category at work, at school, in housing, at public accommodations and in other settings.
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