A recent internal document from Dallas, Texas, mandates that city employees use people’s preferred pronouns or risk termination.
BREAKING: Employees of the City of Dallas, Texas must use people's preferred pronouns or risk termination…
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The document titled “Workplace Gender Transition Protocols & FAQ” lists the city’s expectations concerning “transgender” individuals. A failure to follow such expectations could lead to an investigation and a person “being disciplined up to and including termination.”
The guidelines say that the city’s 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,” the employee’s actions or beliefs.
The guidelines describe transition as “coming out,” meaning someone that has told their family, friends, and coworkers about receiving “gender-affirming care” or has changed their legal name on legal documents.
The document further explains that “any employee has the right to be addressed by the name and pronoun of their choice,” and that they should be addressed by their preferred pronouns because it’s a “sign of respect for them as an individual,” adding that “refusing to respect an employee’s gender identity” or referring to them by the wrong pronouns is a “form of discrimination.”
Responding to Fox News’ request for clarification regarding whether one may be exempted from the new guidelines due to religious beliefs, Dallas officials reiterated their stance without clarification.
“The City of Dallas is a safe and welcoming place for all residents and employees,” the city government said in an exclusive statement to Fox News.
Dallas’ government continued its statement, saying the city prohibits the discrimination of employees based on a “protected category,” including race, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, gender identity, and expression.
Other changes that the city has recently issued include allowing “transgender” city employees to use restrooms. Locker rooms, and other spaces, that align with their “gender identity.”
Dallas officials said their new policies were developed by the City’s Office of Equity, adding that employees who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint to the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion.
City supervisors will likely help employees “adjust to using the new name and pronouns as soon as possible.”