Religion and safety, were at the root of Natalie Johnson’s decision not to allow a transgender woman into a female fitting room at the Macy’s where she worked, says the 27-year-old who was fired for discrimination.
“There was a young man who was going into the women’s fitting room so my female customers were at stake too.
“They wanted me to believe that the young man I was looking at was a woman. He wasn’t. He was just a man with makeup on and women’s clothing.”
She added, “Any man who is in the process of becoming a woman, well guess what? You are still a man.”
The transgender customer was offended by Johnson’s actions and the Macy’s at the River Center in San Antonio decided to let her go. Now Johnson, who is being represented by Liberty Counsel, a religious advocacy group, has filed a complaint with the Federal Employment Commission, saying that her religious beliefs prevent her from recognizing transgender people.
“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. If you’re a man going into the women’s fitting room, I will kindly escort you to the men’s fitting room.”
What do you think about Natalie Johnson’s actions? Should she have been fired? Should company policy come before her religious beliefs?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic