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Employee Fired For Harassing Transgender Customer Accuses Macy’s Of Religious Discrimination
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By Margaret Hartmann
Dec 8, 2011 12:25 AM

A week ago, a Macy's employee spotted a transgender woman going into the women's dressing room, and decided to stop her and inform her that she wasn't really a woman. The company promptly fired her, but now the employee has enlisted the help of a hatemongering conservative organization and is claiming that Macy's discriminated against her religious beliefs by denying her the right to harass whichever customer she chooses.

On November 30, 27-year-old Natalie Johnson was working at a Macy's in San Antonio when she noticed a teenager shopping with a few friends. She tells KSAT, "I made sure to keep a close eye out on him because he was shopping for women's clothing." You see, despite the fact that the shopper was wearing women's clothing, shopping in the women's section, and wearing makeup, Johnson concluded she was a man. (KSAT is also good at determining what gender people are. While the customer fooled other news outlets into calling her a woman, the station consistently refers to the shopper as "he" in its report.) When Johnson saw the woman go into the women's dressing room, she told her she couldn't enter. "I had to just straight forward tell him, 'You're a man,' and of course that made him, that really got him steamed," said Johnson. The group the shopper was with said she was a woman, and pointed out that Macy's allows people to use the changing room of the gender they associate with.

Johnson says she told a manager, "I've made my choice the other day ... I refuse to comply with this policy." Since she was incapable of complying with company rules, Macy's fired her. Johnson went to the Liberty Counsel, a conservative organization that's called GLBT rights "a radical agenda," then filed a complaint with the federal employment commission. When asked for a response, Macy's said it doesn't "comment on personnel matters," adding, "At Macy's, we recognize and appreciate the diversity of our customers and associates."

Johnson says that by mandating that all employees appreciate the diversity of Macy's customers, the store is forcing her to violate her Christian beliefs. She says, "There are no transgenders in the world. A guy can dress up as a woman all he wants, that's still not going to make you a woman." You may not be familiar with the Biblical passage that says, "Thou shalt only admit women born with female genatalia into the women's fitting room." In Deuteronomy 22:5 it does say, "A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this," but if you're going to strictly adhere to that passage you probably can't work at Macy's anyway. A few lines later it says, "Do not wear clothes of wool and linen woven together," and "Make tassels on the four corners of the cloak you wear." The entire clothing department is in clear violation of these rules!
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  -Employee Fired For Harassing Transgender Customer Accuses Macy’s Of Religious Discrimination rug  Dec-08-11 08:44 AM   #0 
  - Sounds like this nut wants genital inspections  LiberalEsto   Dec-08-11 09:03 AM   #1 
  - I read a story about two years ago  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 06:22 PM   #22 
  - Seems to be the new trend among the RW xtians.  cleanhippie   Dec-08-11 09:06 AM   #2 
  - Why do people think their religion gives them a pass for being a bigoted jack ass?  baldguy   Dec-08-11 09:10 AM   #3 
  - Maybe someone could ask Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann They seem  MarkCharles   Dec-08-11 10:39 AM   #5 
  - Pretty simple  NMMNG   Dec-08-11 09:33 AM   #4 
  - The former employee needs to be reminded that hatred & bigotry aren't religions.  qb   Dec-08-11 10:43 AM   #6 
  - Well, where are all those people in this group  Goblinmonger   Dec-08-11 10:51 AM   #7 
  - I'm sure they'll be right along.  trotsky   Dec-08-11 10:58 AM   #9 
  - I'm holding my breath in anticipation. n/t  Goblinmonger   Dec-08-11 11:12 AM   #10 
     - Yep, should be right along any second now.  trotsky   Dec-08-11 02:13 PM   #15 
  - Her beliefs don't matter.  okasha   Dec-08-11 02:19 PM   #16 
     - She was merely acting on her beliefs.  trotsky   Dec-08-11 02:25 PM   #17 
     - Which makes about as much sense as most of your posts.  okasha   Dec-08-11 02:35 PM   #18 
        - Why the personal slam?  trotsky   Dec-08-11 02:36 PM   #19 
     - He actions are based on her beliefs.  Goblinmonger   Dec-08-11 02:54 PM   #20 
     - Well, if it weren't for her beliefs  skepticscott   Dec-10-11 06:19 AM   #39 
  - Hit them with a dose of Matthew 7  starroute   Dec-08-11 10:56 AM   #8 
  - Well then, Macy's firing of her was within acceptable reason. There is a reason why those  Hestia   Dec-08-11 11:36 AM   #11 
  - Gawd, these people!  Iggo   Dec-08-11 11:54 AM   #12 
  - Yes, well stated !! They seem obsessed with the  MarkCharles   Dec-08-11 11:56 AM   #13 
  - All together, class...  Deep13   Dec-08-11 12:23 PM   #14 
  - Johnson says she told a manager,"...I refuse to comply with this policy."  Rob H.   Dec-08-11 03:12 PM   #21 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Dec-08-11 08:21 PM   #23 
     - Have a nice say, troll.  Odin2005   Dec-08-11 08:52 PM   #24 
  - I congratulate everyone for not making jokes about Johnson's name.  rug   Dec-08-11 10:00 PM   #25 
  - What, and deprive you of that opportunity? n/t  laconicsax   Dec-08-11 10:11 PM   #26 
  - I have a measure of self-control.  rug   Dec-08-11 10:22 PM   #27 
     - Apparently.  laconicsax   Dec-08-11 10:27 PM   #28 
  - The thought never occured to me  NMMNG   Dec-09-11 09:26 AM   #29 
  - Macy's made it's choice too... not to keep you. bye bye n/t  deacon_sephiroth   Dec-09-11 12:58 PM   #30 
  - "by denying her the right to harass whichever customer she chooses."  AsahinaKimi   Dec-09-11 04:39 PM   #31 
  - For those who constantly shout for "respect", your attention please:  darkstar3   Dec-09-11 07:45 PM   #32 
     - Hypocrisy?  beam me up scottie   Dec-09-11 07:49 PM   #33 
     - A point the both of us have made from time to time.  darkstar3   Dec-10-11 01:27 AM   #35 
        - Same with LDS.  laconicsax   Dec-10-11 01:35 AM   #36 
           - But comparing God to Santa is hate speech with no place here.  darkstar3   Dec-10-11 01:43 AM   #37 
              - Well, yeah. What else would you expect from organized atheists?  laconicsax   Dec-10-11 01:51 AM   #38 
              - "Hate speech" is another overstatement  skepticscott   Dec-10-11 01:23 PM   #40 
                 - Something stuck in your craw?  darkstar3   Dec-10-11 03:39 PM   #41 
     - It's a matter of degree and perspective  NMMNG   Dec-09-11 08:31 PM   #34 

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