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Christian doctor who refused to use preferred pronouns loses employment tribunal case

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 08 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l5925
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A Christian doctor who claimed that he was forced out of his job as a disability assessor for the Department for Work and Pensions because he refused to address transgender claimants by their preferred pronouns and titles has lost his case at an employment tribunal.1

David Mackereth, 56, claimed that he had been discriminated against and denied the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion after he insisted on using the pronouns and titles appropriate to a person’s biological sex. This contravened the DWP’s agreed practice of using the pronouns and titles preferred by the individual.

Mackereth told the Birmingham employment tribunal that he believed in the truth of the Bible, including the words in …

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