Two childcare workers fired from a Texas daycare for refusing to address transgender issues are now suing their former employer for discrimination.
Madeline Kirksey and Akesha Wyatt have lodged a lawsuit against the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Center in Katy, Texas because they feel their religious belief has been discriminated against.
Both women were fired two weeks ago after a six-year-old child returned to the daycare with his parents saying he identified as a boy – but both Kirksey and Wyatt refused to call him by his chosen name.
Kirksey, a Christian author and blogger, also said she feels the boy’s parents – a gay couple – were forcing the issue of gender onto their child.
According to the Daily Mail, teachers – handing out leaflets on working with trans students – encouraged staff to educate other children about transgender issues and to ‘defend their dignity’, but the women said they were uncomfortable speaking to children about trans issues.
‘I don’t think we should be talking to other people’s children who are under the age of 18 about being transgender,’ Kirksey said in an interview with Fox News.
Adam Taylor, a prominent lawyer who fought and won the case of Texas’ so-called bathroom bill being put before voters, is representing Kirksey.
He is filing a lawsuit against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as he says his client’s rights as a Christian have been infringed.
‘Literally, she was sacrificed on the altar of political correctness,’ he said, according to the Daily Mail.
‘It’s not just Madeline and it’s not just this school that we are concerned about. We need to send a strong message that Christians need to push back on this agenda.’
Wyatt’s attorney, Briscoe Cain, told Breitbart his client’s religious rights had been violated by the firing; she had wanted to protect the child from harassment and being discriminated against.
‘She is now out of work for defending her faith and standing up for the innocence of children,’ he said.
‘And for believing that it is the role of parents to decide whether children should be educated about transgender issues,’