NYC issues rules--sorry, "legal enforcement guidance"--that will fine businesses up to $250,000 for failing to use "ze/zir"
Greeting customers as “Mr.” or “Mrs.” — or even not using the pronoun “ze” or “zir” — could prove costly for New York City businesses under rules drafted by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s bureaucrats.
The mayor’s Commission on Human Rights says entities that fail to address customers by their preferred gender pronouns and titles are in violation of the law and could be subject to penalties of up to $250,000.If you'd told people 7 years ago that "rules" like this would be forced on the citizenry within 7 years absolutely no one would have believed it.
The commission issued a “legal enforcement guidance” for the New York City Human Rights Law, which now “requires employers and converted entities [wtf??] to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification.”
The "guidance" notes that some people prefer pronouns that don’t have masculine or feminine forms, including “they/them/theirs or ze/hir.” The latter are among several alternative pronoun systems developed by academics and/or LGBT communities.
The "guidance" lists several examples of violations that could result in fines, including the “intentional and repeated refusal to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun or title.”
The maximum civil fine that the commission may impose upon “misgendering” is $125,000. But when the violation is the “result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct,” the maximum fine can double to $250,000.
Such are the times we're living in today.