On November 30, 27-year-old Macy’s employee Natalie Johnson took a stand. After spotting a transgender teen shopping for clothes with her friends in her San Antonio store, Johnson informed the customer that she couldn’t try on the items in the ladies’ dressing room because she was a man.
“I made sure to keep a close eye out on him because he was shopping for women’s clothing,” Johnson told local TV station, KSAT. “I had to just straight forward tell him, ‘You’re a man,’ and of course that made him really got him steamed.”
Predictably, this snub upset the shopper and her friend, and it also violated Macy’s policy which allows shoppers to try on clothes in dressing rooms of the gender they identify with.
After telling her boss that she couldn’t comply with the policy because she believes “there are no transgenders in the world,” she was promptly fired. Now, Johnson has teemed up with the anti-LGBT group the Liberty Counsel and has filed a lawsuit with the Federal Employment Commission claiming Macy’s fired her on the basis of her religious beliefs. A member of the Houston Liberty Counsel ratcheted up the rhetoric even further and claimed Macy’s nondiscriminatory policy and “has essentially opened women’s dressing rooms to every man.”
Macy’s disagrees. Although it refused to comment on the specific case, the company released a statement saying, “Macy’s does not comment on personnel matters. At Macy’s, we recognize and appreciate the diversity of our customers and associates.”
Johnson hopes Macy’s changes its policy, but I’d wager she’ll be waiting a very long time in the unemployment line before that happens.
What do you think?