A new directive issued by New York City’s Commission on Human Rights requires merchants and their employees to use a customer’s or client’s “preferred gender pronoun” when conducting business– or be heavily fined. (A crash course on gender-neutral pronouns, including ze, sie, e, ou, and ve, can be found here.)
Every business is required to learn a customer’s self-identifying pronoun that specifically relates to his/her gender preference, and use these pronouns in conversation. Free speech is dead. Now, employers and their employees, are required to use a new language for less than .3 percent of the population.
According to the mandate, “refusal to use a transgender employee’s preferred name, pronoun, or title may constitute unlawful gender-based harassment.”
The penalty for alleged violations carries a disproportionate and onerous fine:
The Commission can impose civil penalties up to $125,000 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.
This absurdity is the latest example of the insanity of the Left. UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh, writes in The Washington Post:
So people can basically force us — on pain of massive legal liability — to say what they want us to say, whether or not we want to endorse the political message associated with that term, and whether or not we think it’s a lie.
Sounds like an unelected bureaucratic agency has once again eliminated the First Amendment, which protects speech for precisely this reason. A rogue communist government agency actually thinks it can issue an edict requiring what people can and can’t say, when, and about what or whom. The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves.