Under the ideological yoke of the Biden-Harris Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has imposed a new mandate on its employees to enforce compliance with the chosen gender pronouns of people suffering from gender dysphoria.
According to Fox News, a former official from HHS and an expert from The Heritage Foundation has said that the new policy violates the rights of federal employees and will lead to terminations due to “misgendering.”
Roger Servino, the head of civil rights at HHS under former President Donald Trump, Harvard Law graduate, and now Heritage Foundation’s Vice President for domestic policy, told Fox News, “HHS and the federal government is requiring its employees to speak falsehoods.”
Servino first dropped the bombshell in early October via X, writing, “HHS today imposed a transgender pronoun mandate on its employees who will now be forced to deny biological realities with their own words or face firing. Those with faith objections should immediately request religious accommodation and prepare to fight for your rights.”
Here’s the HHS Pronoun Mandate more clearly. This admin really is requiring pure ideological conformity. Let’s see how tolerant this admin will be of those who will seek an opt-out out of faith or compelled speech concerns. pic.twitter.com/yhlTZIkBxc
— Roger Severino (@RogerSeverino_) October 11, 2023
He added, “Here’s the HHS Pronoun Mandate more clearly. This admin really is requiring pure ideological conformity. Let’s see how tolerant this admin will be of those who will seek an opt-out out of faith or compelled speech concerns,” providing screenshots of an email announcing the policy.
The email read in part:
“It calls for streamlined ability to update names in HHS IT systems, outlining how transgender e(mployees) change their names in their official records. The guidance also makes clear that all employees should be ad(dressed by) the names and pronouns they use to describe themselves, clarifying that employees can wear clothing and (use) restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.”
Speaking with Fox, Servino said that under the First Amendment to the Constitution federal employees are protected from being mandated to utter falsehoods or being forcibly compelled to embrace an ideology fostered by the government or deny their religious faith.
He observed that “These policies would require all of those things,” adding that the push only started when President Joe Biden released two executive orders in January 2021 and June 2022 to combat “gender discrimination,” on the basis of “gender identity.”
Servino told the outlet that the new law poses a particular issue regarding HHS locker rooms and restrooms.
“Men who identify as female have the right to get naked in front of female colleagues in the locker room. It used to be that if you allowed a man to get naked in front of a woman in the workplace that is instantly a violation of civil rights law.”