Texas City Council Forces Employees to Use Preferred Pronouns or be Fired

According to recently publicized documents, employees of the City of Dallas, Texas, now must use people’s preferred pronouns or risk termination.

A recently revealed internal document titled “Workplace Gender Transition Protocols & FAQ” explains the city’s expectations for conduct regarding transgender individuals, which declares “gender transition” can refer to a spectrum of situations, all of which are equally protected.

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“Transition may include ‘coming out’ (telling family, friends, and coworkers), changing the name and/or sex on legal documents, and/or accessing medical treatment such as hormones and/or surgery,” the document reads.

The internal paper outright orders employees to forfeit their freedom of conscience, and arguably freedom of religion, saying that city employees are “expected to respectfully use the transitioning employee’s preferred name and pronouns, regardless of whether or not they ‘believe in,’ approve of, or accept an individual’s right to be transgender or undergo a gender transition.”

What’s the rationale? The rule claims city employees can demand specific speech from their coworkers, including pronouns. “An employee has the right to be addressed by the name and pronoun of their choice. Our addressing the employee by their chosen pronoun is a sign of respect for them as an individual,” it reads.

The document goes on to say that “refusing to respect an employee’s gender identity by intentionally referring to an employee by a name or by pronouns that do not correspond to the employee’s gender identity” is a form of discrimination and harassment and “may be disciplined up to and including termination.”

According to Fox News Digital, when asked if one may be excused from the behavioral guidelines based on sincerely held religious convictions, the City of Dallas refused to answer, reasserting the behavior guidelines and claiming that they make city government “safe and welcoming.”

“The City of Dallas is a safe and welcoming place for all residents and employees. The City prohibits discrimination and harassment of employees based on a protected category including race, color, age, religion, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic characteristics, national origin, disability, and military or veteran status.”

The response also reasserted that “violations of these long-standing policies may result in disciplinary action.” Instead of neutral standards, the document recommends that supervisors consult transgender employees about what disciplinary action to take against offenders.

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Unsurprisingly, several observers on Twitter have voiced their opposition to the policy, one calling on Governor Abbott to step in.

Other users pointed out that the regulation presents a real Constitutional issue that could land before the Supreme Court if the stars align.

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