According to recently released documents, City of Dallas, Texas employees must use people’s preferred pronouns or risk termination.
An internal document entitled Workplace Gender Transition Protocols & FAQ explains the city’s expectations for behavior towards transgender people.
The guidelines explain that “gender transition” can refer to a range of situations, all of which are equally protected.
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The document states: “The transition may include ‘coming out’ (telling family, friends and co-workers), changing name and/or gender in legal documents and/or access to medical treatment such as hormones and/or or include operations.”
City employees are “expected to use the changing employee’s preferred name and pronouns with respect, whether they ‘believe,’ endorse, or have a person’s right to be transgender or to undergo gender reassignment surgery accept,” the guidelines state.
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It goes on to say: “An employee has the right to be addressed by the name and pronoun of his choice. If we address the employee with the pronoun they have chosen, it is a sign of respect for them as an individual.”
The document alleges that “refusing to respect an employee’s gender identity by intentionally referring to them by a name or pronouns that do not conform to the employee’s gender identity” constitutes a form of discrimination and harassment.
Failure to comply with the city’s protocol is grounds for an internal investigation and “can result in disciplinary action up to and including termination.”
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Fox News Digital reached out to the City of Dallas to determine if someone could be exempted from the code of conduct based on genuine religious beliefs.
“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. “The city prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees based on any 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. “
“Violations of these long-standing guidelines may result in disciplinary action,” the embassy added, without clarifying how the interface between gender identity and religious beliefs is handled.
The city government referred to the workplace behavior document as a “toolkit” and said the guidelines were developed by the city’s Office of Equity.
“The tool box […] is a draft policy developed by the city’s Office of Justice and Inclusion with the involvement of Human Resources staff to address the needs of transgender and gender non-conforming employees and to provide supervisors and managers with guidance to protect the rights and safety of these employees. “
The document recommends that supervisors consult with transgender employees about appropriate responses and disciplinary action for colleagues who do not comply with the policy.