Employee refuses to watch LGBT training video

by L&D12 Sep 2016
David Hall would prefer to lose his job than watch a mandatory LGBT training video because it goes against his Christian beliefs.

The 42-year-old has worked at an Illinois Social Security Administration (SSA) office for 14 years as an area systems coordinator.

Hall said that SSA employees across the United States received an email in late April saying that watching the 17-minute video was a requirement.

His supervisor ordered him to watch it on June 2 and again on June 24. He was suspended without pay on August 15-16 after still refusing to watch it.

One aspect that particularly frustrated Hall was that viewing the video was mandatory. Hall said he did not remember the agency making previous training videos mandatory.

Consequently, he requested a religious accommodation to not go ahead with the training, which was unsuccessful.

Doug Nguyen, communications director for the SSA's Chicago region, told The News-Gazette that "in support of an inclusive work environment, as well as exemplary customer service, the SSA recently announced a diversity and inclusion training on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community to our employees”.

"This mandatory video training reminds our employees of their responsibility, as representatives of the agency, to provide the highest levels of service to our customers," said Nguyen.

"The training includes a brief session on tips for increasing cultural awareness in a diverse and inclusive environment. We are unable to comment on specific personnel matters."

After his suspension, Hall returned to work on August 17. He said his supervisor has explained he will receive further discipline (maybe a longer suspension without pay) if he does not watch the video.

Hall said he eventually expects to lose his job over his refusal to do so. Hall is being advised by the the private Chicago attorney Jason Craddock.

COMMENTS

  • by Ready2030 12/09/2016 4:13:08 PM

    Everyone knows the LGBT lobby is controlled by feminism, which hates men. So why should any man be forced to be brainwashed by the LGBT agenda

  • by KCHR 12/09/2016 4:14:57 PM

    Tricky situation! We all have the right to our views and to say 'no' to somethings that go against our beliefs! I find this situation perplexing for that reason!

  • by 12/09/2016 5:19:39 PM

    This is a good example of non-inclusive work environment. We have to respect all of our people, not only the so called minorities. Would the company be as adamant on forcing the employee to watch this video if that employee was Muslim and also refused? This is against their religion too and I think it's OK.
    Take individual approach, discuss with employee the purpose of this training and, as soon as there are no discrimination activities from that employee, do not discriminate either! Make exceptions, be inclusive, respect everyone.