British Dr. David Mackereth, 56, lost his legal battle with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) over his sacking for refusing to call transgender people by their preferred sex, more specifically, the refusal to ‘call any 6ft tall bearded man madam’.
BBC reported that a panel also condemned his view over the definition of a male and female as being ‘incompatible with human dignity’.
The Dudley, West Midlands doctor stated his intentions to appeal the ruling.
Dr. Mackereth claims religious discrimination and stated that no efforts was made by the employer to accommodate his beliefs, such as getting another doctor to look at transgender patients at Birmingham’s Five Ways assessment center.
“I am not alone in being deeply concerned by this outcome” said the doctor, who is now employed as an emergency doctor in Shropshire, in response to the judgment.
He further claimed, “Staff in the NHS, even those who do not share my Christian convictions, are also disturbed as they see their own freedom of thought and speech being undermined by the judges.”
A DWP spokesman stated that, “We acted to protect claimants from behavior that would have failed to treat them with dignity, so we welcome this ruling. We expect all assessors to approach their work sensitively.”