Macy’s Fires Catholic Employee for Disagreement With Transgender Bathroom Policy

By Lydia Goerner Published on July 27, 2016

Javier Chavez had worked at Macy’s for 26 years. But the Roman Catholic man was recently fired because his views on sexual identity conflicted with the company’s policy.

According to Fox News, in May, Chavez, the senior store detective, received a call about a female customer and her daughter, who were afraid to enter the restroom because a man who identified as a woman was inside.

The man was asked to leave and refused. In his complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights, Chavez wrote, “He later exited the bathroom holding hands with his female companion and he declared that he ‘was a female,’ which was not true.”

After the man who had used the bathroom complained to management, Chavez was informed that, under the Macy’s policy, men who identify as women are permitted to use the women’s restroom.

At that time, Chavez stated his beliefs on the subject, saying 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.”

Chavez said he told Macy’s management that he would adhere to their policy about allowing people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender they identify with, according to The Daily Wire. Chavez also told them that, as a Catholic, he disagreed with the policy.

A few days later, Chavez was suspended. Following his suspension, he was terminated.

Though Macy’s did not discuss Chavez’s case specifically with Fox News, they stated, “Macy’s does not make employment decisions based upon religious beliefs or religions practices of applicants and employees.”

Macy’s said that they do expect employees to treat employees and customers in a “non-discriminatory and respectful manner in accordance with our company polices.”

Catholic League President Bill Donohue said Macy’s violated Chavez’s religious liberty, Life Site News reported. Donohue said Macy’s has no “legal or moral grounds to stand on.”

“The most basic religious right is the right to believe,” Donohue said. “If conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing.”

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