Macy’s fired an employee for wanting to protect women and girls from having to share restrooms with transgender men.
Javier Chavez — a 26-year Macy’s employee hired in as a door guard in 1990 and worked his way up to senior store detective — was allegedly terminated for his sincerely held religious beliefs regarding an incident involving a woman who complained about a transgender man sharing the women’s restroom with her and her young daughter.
Back in May, Chavez was asked to respond to a call concerning a customer and her daughter, who were fearful about using the women’s restroom while it was being used by transgender man proclaiming to be a woman.
Following up on the call, a security guard under Chavez arrived at the scene and directed the transgender man to exit the restroom, yet the man proclaiming to be a woman refused to leave and later complained to store personnel about his treatment.
Wrongful termination suit
After being terminated for his conviction to put the safety of women and children above the so-called “right” of self-proclaimed transgender individuals to use restrooms designated for the opposite sex, Chavez filed an official complaint against Macy’s with the New York State Division of Human Rights. He is alleging that the department store fired him because of his religious convictions over the matter.
In his filed complaint, Chavez recounted what happened once the transgender man finally left the women’s restroom.
“He later exited the bathroom holding hands with his female companion and he declared that he ‘was a female,’ which was not true,” the senior detective explained in his written complaint, according to Charisma News.
Chavez went on in the complaint to tell about how the irate transgender customer caused a commotion in the store after leaving the restroom and complained about the incident to store management.
Responding to the complaint made by the transgender customer, an assistant store manager notified Chavez that men who identify as women are permitted to use the women’s restroom.
As a devout Roman Catholic with sincerely held Christian beliefs, Chavez merely expressed his viewpoint on the situation to the assistant store manager.
“I advised her that this was against my religion and contrary to the Bible,” the concerned employee wrote in his complaint. “I also mentioned that I would not like my young daughters to be in the bathroom with a male inside.”
There was no incident of insubordination or unwillingness to carry out story policies on Chavez’s part.
“At no time did Mr. Chavez tell Macy’s he would not enforce the policy,” FOX News’ Todd Starnes reported. “He simply stated his religious beliefs.”
Without explanation and without any justification for its actions, Macy’s hastily disposed of its dedicated employee of 26 years in favor of carrying out its pro-LGBT agenda, which puts so-called “transgender rights” above the safety of women and children.
“A few days after the incident, he was summoned to human resources for more probing,” Starnes continued. “He asked HR for a copy of the new policy concerning restroom usage. But instead of providing the policy, he was suspended and later terminated.”
Shortly after divulging his Christian moral convictions on the matter with his company, Chavez realized that his religious beliefs were not compatible with store politics — and therefore not tolerated.
“After my employer learned that I was a practicing Catholic, with religious concerns about this policy, I was terminated because of my religion,” the terminated employee insisted in his complaint.
No apologies, no regrets
Responding to a media inquiry about the alleged wrongful termination, Macy’s made it clear that it would not discuss any of the details in the case, but the pro-LGBT company did deny Chavez’s claim.
“Macy’s does not make employment decisions based upon religious beliefs or religions practices of applicants or employees,” a Macy’s representative insisted in its reply to Starnes.
Starnes also shared that the following response he received from Macy’s should serve as a sober warning to Christians employed by one of America’s largest department stores.
“Given that Macy’s employs and serves people of many different religions, ethnicities and cultures, Macy’s expects its employees to at all times treat fellow employees and customers in a non-discriminatory and respectful manner in accordance with our company policies,” the progressive-minded company informed the conservative Christian reporter.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue argues that Macy’s is blatantly guilty of religious discrimination against Chavez — and insists that the company should be held accountable for violating his constitutional rights.
“The most basic religious right is the right to believe; if conscience rights can be vitiated, the First Amendment means nothing,” Donohue contended, according to Charisma News. “Macy’s has no legal or moral grounds to stand on.”
The Catholic leader is appalled that such dictatorial conduct by a major American company is tolerated in a democracy that was founded to preserve religious freedom and uphold individual rights.
“For merely holding beliefs that are contrary to the store’s policy, Chavez was fired,” Donohue concluded. “This is what totalitarian regimes do, not American commercial establishments.”
Copyright American Family News. Reprinted with permission.