No absolutely not. Not unless something interferes with their ability to perform their duties.
Again if Peterson is correct, the fireman/woman will be able to demand that they are referred to by made-up pronouns. They employer would be liable for the failure of other employees to comply. IF Peterson's interpretation is correct.
Okay thanks for the clarification, I am glad we are discussing the issue of free speech rather than Petersons situation at his university.
The thing is that in order to make it illegal (by federal law) to fire the fireman(woman), there has to be a law against it (which there already are in many places in Canada like Toronto). That law (C 16) has to use a phrase to describe the act of referencing a person by his preferred pronouns, and it also has to capture the situation where the female fireman is fired for other gender expressions such as having a beard, wearing a tie, etc. Since you can come up with many ways to discriminate against a transexual the phrase must be quite wide. In this case, they choose "gender identity and gender expression" as that phrase.
At this point, we are already dictating what other people should say (plausibly, at least). For instance, we are now dictating that the employer can't systematically call his subordinate "he" if she identifies as a "she" (this remains to be tested in the courts but it would appear this would fall under harassment -- as I think it should, if there are laws about these kinds of things, because I can easily see that as being harassing behavior similar to referring to a gay man as "miss").
This is where I am beginning to find Jordans points quite dubious. The thrust of his main objection is to the idea that he is being "forced" to use "made up words" and that is tied into the idea that Marxist are trying to control his language which he sees as an incursion on free speech.
Well, if we agree that a boss can't systematically call a trans "he" if she identifies as "she", language is already being controlled: The person in question IS a "he", biologically, "she" IS a "he" traditionally, and Jordans language IS now being controlled according to non-traditional interpretation of a person's right (it is okay to be trans).
Since Jordan seems to have no problem changing pronouns for real transexuals, then "language control" can't be his real point (again, a point can be made that we should not have such rules and a transsexual or gay man should just suck it up, however, I think that is for the Canadians to decide).
Thus, what remains as his main point is specifically the use of words like "Xir". Here, Jordan is referring to tradition (it has always been "he" or "she") and the "Marxist" origins of the words which he think is bad.
I think those arguments are very dubious. The argument from tradition seems to be exactly the same argument made against gay marriage (marriage has always been between a man and a woman) and has no real content. As for the Marxist bit, well, that theory that words are "tainted" seems pretty overthought, at the very least that means there are no arguments against pronouns which are not made-up by Marxists.
That leaves the question of harm, which Peterson seems to believe is quite substantial.
Now I happen to agree that the use of pronouns like Xir is quite ridiculous, but I fail to see the potential harm because the standards for harassment/hate crimes are very high. If I had to be convicted of harassing my neighbor based on his religious beliefs, I would have to do some pretty extreme things, and so we are back to a lot of hypotheticals (what if the receptionist turns up with a beard and a dress? What if a biological man want an egg transplant to overcome infertility?) which conflicts with other points made on this thread (there are less than 0.3% transexuals and in my experience, they struggle not to look ridiculous).
The thing this brings me to is why should this be given so much attention as a free speech issue given, say, the current US president elect has said he will change libel laws to make it easier to sue newspapers that write bad stories about him? How does this compare against the crap happening in the arabic world?