In the past year, at least four former Dallas Arboretum workers have filed equal employment opportunity complaints about management fostering a culture of discrimination around gender identity and sexuality.
One employee stated that they had filed a complaint in late November of last year, that despite having a strong job performance / they had been fired over disputes about using gender inclusive pronouns in their email signature and their work. The employee had spoken under anonymous conditions because their family had not been aware of their non-binary sexuality.
In June it was stated by Dallas Arboretum board chairman Jim Ryan, that actions for the organization will be more inclusive moving forward. “Our goal is to make the auditorium a better place when we work through all this then it was when it started.”
The interview from two former employees, had this to say, they were thankful for the recent changes made but they felt that more needed to be done by holding leadership accountable in order to create an inclusive environment.