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Workplace Gone Woke

Oct 31, 2023

Biden's Proposed EEOC Guidance Forces Compliance to False Gender Ideology

Once again, the Biden administration’s radical agenda threatens free speech and religious liberty in America’s workplace, forcing a freedom-trampling compliance to LGBTQ+ ideas that egregiously violate long-held beliefs across the faith spectrum.

If adopted, the proposed guidance published October 2, 2023, by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will be a fear-inducing propaganda tool affecting all religious persons in the workplace — from entrepreneurs to minimum-wage hires. It would change the work landscape forever by forcing compliance to the doctrines of “Wokeism,” including the notion that employees can “choose their gender.”

Titled “Enforcement Guidance on Harassment in the Workplace,” the EEOC’s new policy would supersede prior workplace harassment manuals with updated language that requires almost all employees in the United States to acknowledge co-workers’ self-described gender identity and pledge allegiance to other tenets of the LGBTQ+ creed.

Anyone who openly disagrees — say, by "misgendering” a co-worker by using what the person perceives as the wrong pronouns, refusing to celebrate Pride Month in the workplace, or denying a person with XY chromosomes access to the ladies’ restroom — risks being accused of workplace harassment and creating a “hostile work environment.” Both noncompliant employers and employees would be subject to disciplinary actions, such as federal investigations or lawsuits by the EEOC itself.

Forcing Americans with deep religious convictions on marriage, family, and sex to conform to this new principle, however, is not only a personal assault, but a violation of the First Amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Title VII, which protects employees and job applicants from employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin should protect the religious beliefs of employees. But because the Biden administration and proponents of radical gender ideology falsely mistake “sex” with “sexual orientation” and “gender identity,” claiming that there are only two genders in your workplace, male and female, would be considered illegal under the proposed guidance.

“The Biden administration is addicted to gender ideology and is now attempting to infect the workplace by imposing erroneous regulations that force people of faith to bow the knee to a false ideology,” said Jonathan Alexandre, senior counsel for governmental affairs for Liberty Counsel Action.

Alexandre is joined by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) in voicing his concerns. “It is one thing to hold progressive values,” Sen. Rubio stated. “It is another to demand that everyone else agrees with you. Using the federal government to mandate that agreement is two steps too far.”

Alexandre sees a significant conflict coming to the work environment.

“The proposed guidance sets up a clash between employers of faith and those who want to be identified by preferred pronouns,” Alexandre said. “Hopefully, enough concerned citizens and freedom-loving Americans weighed in to the public comment section for the proposed guidance by November 1. In cases like these, we must go to great lengths to remind the Biden administration that most Americans can see the blatant setup to erode America’s religious liberties.”

As the proposed EEOC guidance advances to the next phase of adoption, every freedom-loving American must continue to stay engaged and stand for truth and reason in the workplace to ensure that the religious freedom threats embedded into new EEOC guidelines do not stand.