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Legal Expert Criticizes HHS Pronoun Mandate as ‘Orwellian,’ Contending It Requires Employees to ‘Deny Reality’ and Violate the Law

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has implemented a new gender pronoun policy, drawing criticism from Roger Severino, a former HHS official and current Heritage Foundation expert. Severino contends that the policy, which requires employees to use specific pronouns and faces termination for “misgendering,” infringes on employee rights and forces them to speak falsehoods.

Allegations of Compelled Falsehoods

Severino, the vice president for domestic policy at the Heritage Foundation, disclosed the policy on social media, characterizing it as a “transgender pronoun mandate.” He argues that this mandate, compelling employees to deny biological realities, violates the First Amendment by requiring them to adopt a state-approved ideology and go against their faith.

Origins and Guidance: HHS

The policy’s roots trace back to two White House executive orders in 2021 and 2022, targeting “gender discrimination” based on “gender identity.” The HHS email to employees emphasizes using correct names and pronouns to create an inclusive work environment, aligning with U.S. Office of Personnel Management guidance.

Concerns Over Implementation

Severino raised concerns about the impact of the policy on employees, particularly in locker rooms and bathrooms, noting potential conflicts and discomfort. He cited legal precedents, such as West Virginia vs. Barnette, highlighting the protection of employees’ rights to dissent and practice their faith.

Implications on Morale and Production

Severino argued that policies contradicting employees’ rights could have negative effects on morale and production. He acknowledged the difficult choices employees face—whether to stay silent to retain their jobs or speak up against perceived wrong policies, potentially risking their positions.

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