A CHRISTIAN doctor has told a tribunal he was sacked for refusing to call transgender people ‘he’ or ‘she’ according to their preference.
Dr David Mackereth, 56, claims he lost his job as a disability medical assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions because using transgender pronouns is against his religious faith.
His case, supported by the Christian Legal Centre, will be ruled on by employment judges in a hearing that began yesterday in Birmingham.
Dr Mackereth says the DWP policy of making staff use transgender pronouns — which can also include ‘they’ in place of he or she — discriminates against him by breaching his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
‘Christians must be able to hold and express their faith in private and public and to uphold Biblical and scientific truths without fear of losing their livelihoods,’ said the father-of-four, of Dudley, West Midlands. ‘As a Christian, I believe gender is determined biologically and genetically.’
The Equality Act 2010 made it unlawful to discriminate on the grounds of a ‘protected characteristic’, such as gender reassignment.
Dr Mackereth has previously said he has chosen to put his faith ahead of his career. ‘I knew it could be the end of my work as a doctor, but I could not live with myself if I didn’t speak up,’ he said.
The DWP said it ‘expects all assessors to handle assessments sensitively and adhere to the Equality Act’.