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U.K. Doctor Fired After Refusing To Refer To Bearded Man As 'Madam', Sues Government

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  • reynolds
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    • Oct 2018
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    U.K. Doctor Fired After Refusing To Refer To Bearded Man As 'Madam', Sues Government

    U.K. doctor fired after refusing to refer to theoretical 'six-foot-tall bearded man' as 'madam,' sues government

    "If you have a man, six foot tall with a beard, who says he wants to be addressed as 'she' and 'Mrs.', would you do that?"

    July 11, 2019

    A Christian doctor in the English midlands lost his job in a government department after he refused to refer to a theoretical “six-foot-tall bearded man” as “madam,” a tribunal heard.Dr. David Mackereth, 56, claims he was sacked as a disability benefits assessor by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) over his religious beliefs. Mackereth, an evangelist who now works as an emergency doctor, claims his contract was then terminated over his refusal to use transgendered pronouns. He argues that he was dismissed “not because of any realistic concerns over the rights and sensitivities of transgender individuals, but because of my refusal to make an abstract ideological pledge.”

    The doctor is now suing the government at an employment tribunal for discrimination on the grounds of his religious belief. The hearing in Birmingham was told how Mackereth believes transgenderism is a “delusional belief” and an ideology “which I disbelieve and detest.” In a statement, he told the court: “If you believe in gender fluidity, gender is no more than one’s own fantasy about oneself.”

    The theologian and “unashamed” Christian, who has 30 years’ medical experience, secured a job as a health and disability assessor at an assessment centre in May 2018. He told the tribunal he was suspended the following month after being “interrogated” by his boss, James Owen, for refusing to “call any six-foot-tall bearded man ‘madam’ on his whim.” The DWP argues that Mackereth’s views are in breach of the 2010 Equality Act. APM, the recruitment company which hired the medic, is also being sued for religious discrimination. The company claims that the doctor’s beliefs “are not compatible with human dignity.” Read more ...