Walgreens has been sued By Edwin Dewitt, pharmacist, over immunizations.
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2012/05/2 … -over.html
It seems that Dewitt's religion considers any injectable substance, including medicines, to be "harmful" to the body and is forbidden. When Walgreens began offering immunizations he protested that his religion wouldn't allow him to do that. Walgreens countered by limiting his work hours to 10AM to 6PM, whereupon he quit and has sued the company for refusing to do his job. Others have sued after being required to dispense "abortion pills".
What now - will this man's righteous religious fervor be allowed to control what Walgreens can offer to its customers? Is this reasonable, that one's religion be the controlling factor in what an employer can sell? Or should have Walgreens simply have hired a second pharmacist to work during peak immunization hours to cover the work he wouldn't do, thereby paying the cost of his religious zeal?
Just how far are we as a nation willing to go to accommodate the religious nuts in their desire to control everything around them?
Not disagreeing with your topic here, however I do disagree with the classification of "religious nuts" to encompass someone who may not agree with your perspectives of looking at this particular situation. Myself, I respect all person's convictions and beliefs.
As for when and how to draw a line, as long as the Constitution and Bill of Rights is on the "books" so to speak, that will always be a contested issue that will have to be resolved through the judicial system.
Sorry, Dale, it takes a nut to declare that their personal religious convictions shall control what a store may sell, simply because they have been paid to work there.
It's fine and good to respect convictions and beliefs, no matter how silly I might find them. That respect ends, just as your right to swing your fist, at the tip of my nose. In this case that tip is my store inventory, but it is increasingly being challenged as a "right" somehow in spite of the fact that it takes away someone else's right.
The constitution and Bill of Rights have nothing to do with the issue - as far as I know that issue has never been raised. Rather it is the individual states that are passing well-meaning laws that are promptly being abused. We, as a nation, are bending over backward to help out when we can with individual religious beliefs, but it is never enough. Now the religion is becoming the purchasing agent for Walgreens and will only buy (for resale) what it deems "good".
What happened to the idea that if you won't do the work you won't get paid, either? If you find the work objectionable, either don't apply or quit as appropriate.
I did respond above your last post that should cover most of this that is raised. The country was founded on the basis of "religious freedoms" so I think it would fall under that at the legal level and will go to that level in the higher courts.
This pharmacist, who should know better, has been fired for not doing his job. His job description includes immunizations and he was very aware of that when he took the job. If his BS beliefs are against providing immunizations, he shouldn't of took the job or quit.
Then he shouldn't be giving them out. Walgreens should have hired someone else to do the work.
This is his right to do.
Limiting his hours? I can understand doing it. And, he has no grounds for lawsuit.
They shouldn't be required to do so. Someone else should be dispensing them to customers/patrons/consumers.
By all accounts, the religious establishment should stay out of business and what products offered. To let them get involved in this would be a disaster to the Economy.
Reducing his hours and hiring someone else to offset hours, probably would have saved the company money. His religion should never dictate what a business can or cannot sell/promote or offer to the community for services.
I'm not willing to accommodate them any further than their rights afford them, just like everyone else.
But, Cagsil, most small pharmacies have just one pharmacist on duty. To have a different one dispense, for instance, abortion pills or give immunizations means hiring two people to do the job of one.
That pharmacy will either soon be out of business or not sell abortion pills.
You're looking at it wrong. You're not looking at from a business perspective. Which means you're not looking at objectively.
The business can reduce the hours of the tending employee to hire someone else part time to do the specific task. The flexibility of a business is a must, as you said it yourself, change will come and business must change.
Small locations will only have a limited supply to begin with because it is a small business. So, there's no disadvantage in this scenario.
I disagree, and believe you are forgetting the special duties and requirements for a pharmacist. I am trying to look at the question from a business perspective, a business owner that suddenly has an employee determining what the owner may or may not sell to customers that want a product.
Given that a store has exactly one pharmacist on duty (common, I believe) for, say, 12 hours per day and that a pharmacist is the only person that can legally dispense drugs, what good will another non-pharmacist do? Or if that second, part time, person is a pharmacist (and where will you find a part time pharmacist?) what will you do when a customer comes outside the part time hours?
From the news story, it sounds like that is much what Walgreens did. Limit their immunization hours to evenings (probably not a bad decision in any case) and require that a different pharmacist work those hours. Whereupon they are sued for limiting Dewitts hours - he must have had lots of OT and they took it away to put someone on that would give immunizations.
No he is not doing that. He is stipulating that it is against his religious beliefs to administer it to consumers.
If a religion of a person can gain them the ability to no work on specific days, then you better believe that their religious freedoms(rights) will be maintained regardless of how small or big the business is.
Most jobs are at-will employment including this position. I wasn't dismissing the duties of the job. I was saying that the company could find someone qualified to do the job and probably pay them less to do it than paying the religious individual at his daily rate, and still get the consumers what they needed.
This was the only course of action the employee left them without violating his individual rights.
I think you missed the point.
Mr Dewitt has declared that he will not administer immunizations. Walgreens found a way around it by cutting his hours, whereupon he filed suit. He wants a large sum of money and his job, with the full hours he used to work back.
If given his job, he will not administer immunizations, and unless Walgreens wants to hire a second pharmacist (completely unneeded except for that minor task) to do so they cannot sell them during Dewitts hours of work.
Now, I would think (without knowing for sure) that Walgreens could hire a RN to give this drug, but it will cost them the price of a pharmacist (that refuses to do the work) PLUS the cost of the nurse. They are thus priced out of the market, solely from the results of religious zeal of Mr. Dewitt. His religion has resulted in Walgreens not being able to sell the product without taking a huge loss that other companies aren't required to cover. He has very effectively (if he wins the case) controlled what Walgreens can sell in their store.
Then I missed it. That is, I missed that you didn't miss my point.
You seem to be saying that Walgreens can hire someone else to do the job he won't, while paying him to do it as well. These small stores don't have the personnel to juggle people around; the pharmacy is a one pharmacist (at a time) operation. Additional people to do the work Dewitt has refused to do means an additional labor cost of whatever the second person is paid, while saving zero as Dewitt must still be on the job to dispense the medications he will handle.
The net result: Walgreens won't take a loss on the product and thus won't sell it, consumers must leave and go elsewhere to make the purchase and Dewitt has thus controlled what Walgreens can sell and what the consumer can buy at that store. That's unacceptable.
The point is moot anyways.
As I stated. He can make the decision based on religious freedom, to do what he just did. It will be up held in the Supreme Court.
What he cannot do legally is sue them for cutting his hours, regardless of why they cut them. His suit against them isn't on any legal ground. Any lawyer who has him believing he can win...well let's just say there's a sucker born every minute.
The company couldn't fire him based on his religious beliefs. Since he quit, he actually did the company a favor.
The point may be moot and it may not.
I am not so sanguine as you are about the willingness of the court system to do what is right, or even lawful. Too many judges and courts base their judgements on personal belief, on lawyers ability to emotionally sway juries, on political affiliation, etc. I am not very trusting of our justice system to enforce the laws.
In addition, one of my primary concerns is that this type of thing is growing. We all pay the costs of these lawsuits plus the demands of the religious right are increasing - we could, in a few years time, find such lawsuits fully justified legally. Never ethically, but that has little to do with legality any more. At least in my opinion.
I didn't say that I was trusting of the courts or judges that sit on the benches. I just know that the Supreme Court will uphold his religious beliefs in this instance.
The practice of religion is part and parcel of religious freedom. Each person has an equal right to their own religious beliefs, regardless of what those beliefs are. If those beliefs get in the way of doing a job, then it is to be known upon hire, otherwise it is not done at all. It is not something the company can deny an applicant on, but that's never stopped any business from inserting it's own bias.
Yes, some people are waking up to what their own individual rights are because of the environmental pressures being used to get them to conform. So, if you're seeing a growing in this area, then it is the religious individuals who are now looking for their rights to be equal and want them enforced.
This however is going to cause strife and possibly the destruction of America as a Nation, but hopefully not.
Won't happen. Attempting to do so, would cause literally, another civil war in this country. The sad part is that many religious will have to pick a side?
You're correct. Many of the Laws in place are not Ethical. Some might not even be morally sound.
Won't happen? How can you say that when organized religion has already set itself up almost as a separate entity within our borders, exempt from laws they don't like?
Exempt from income taxes, real estate taxes, social security program, many zoning laws, noise ordinances, etc. Exempt in many cases from ADA requirements, unemployment programs and other employee protection programs. Exempt from medical insurance requirements that all other businesses must comply with soon.
And more and more, exempt from employee requirements that everyone else must comply with. I, too, sincerely hope that religion does not destroy the US with it's incessant demands that it is needs not comply with common laws, but the conflict is growing all the time.
Sooner or later, religious institution are going lose that tax status. It's coming, don't worry.
Because, sooner or later, in order for religion to even exist in America, it is going to be handled differently, such classified as a business. At which time, business laws will be coming down on them.
Equality and Equal Rights is going force it to happen.
and the 42 months will be finished. And there will be no need for a true winness.
While I tend to believe you are right, that religion will become legally just another business, it won't happen in my lifetime.
Religion is simply far to strong politically, socially and economically for that. It's going to take a quiet revolution, a total upset of societies view on and acceptance of religion to see anything like that, and it won't happen quickly. It will take at least a generation and probably more.
Organized religion has a choke hold on the people that it won't relinquish easily. Until we can raise a generation of children that reject that harness there are simply too many people that relish it to give it up.
Yes, in your lifetime my friend.
Don't count on it.
Nope. It will start from one link in the Economy chain to snap and you will see things change. I have a pretty good idea what that "link" is, but presently keeping it quiet for now.
The same "link" is also going to cause the "civil war" coming in America. The "civil war" is going to happen because "religion" is going to step down on government for what I mentioned earlier.
I'm not worried about religion's choke hold on America. It's tyranny will come to an end.
Don't worry about it. It's not going to take generations of children to fix this problem.
When that link snaps, it is literally going to force a chain of events which unfortunately for religion, religion isn't going to be able to handle. A new awareness is going to grow out of the events that happen, and in the best interest of America, all religion will be on an individual level and nothing more. This will happen from the new awareness. I don't even think the upper 1% are going to be protected against it either.
So, I guess it's just a waiting game now.
Like I sais earluer the 42 months is soon to end and when it does everything you said will happen.
1,645ish years ago?
Okay, 2012 minus 1645 years, would leave us with sometime around 360 A.D? about, give or take a few years.
Hmmm....interesting. However, what I am talking about is going to happen within 2-5 years.
If that fits with you, then okay. If not, oh well.
OOps I laid down and couldn't get up!
You are tighting up on the time line which I expressed.
1260 days is 42 months yet when we express 42 months it might not be exactly to the day 1260 days.
When I first discovered this numerology thing, I calculated this 42 months coming to conclusion of it being finished between 2007 and 2018.
Then I discovered the myian thing. 2012 could work.
The beast represents an incorect religious orginization.
I think it is already here.
I only used 2012 because that's this year.
But, as I said- if your numbers match up to the 2-5 year time frame, then good for you. If not, oh well, no problem.
This timeline of which I speak has nothing to do with the end of the world!
Just saying that when I read scriptures this is all that this 42 months refer to. The end for that incorrect religion of which Rev. is talking about.
The rest is open to imagination which I advise not to get carried away in..
Well, I wasn't predicting the End of the World.
2-5 years is my prediction for a specific link in the Economic chain to snap. When it does, America's Economy will see trouble like it has never seen before.
i see the 2012 thing being true concerning the fall of us economy which causes further damage to the world.
Maybe, if the world governments stole the wealth that religion has socked away it would be a repeat of how it was done 2000 years ago.
One country conquored another only to steal the gold and boost local economy.
or something like that.
Not wishing this to happen ... just expecting it.
and then another fall will happen soon afterwards.
The world has been operating on an imagioned house of cards for quite some time. "paper tiger"
I know I didn't say that right ... Oh well!
Yeah, I know. But, America has a little more time. Hence, 2-5 years.
Yeah, history has recorded that. I remember something about that.
Well, I think you can stop expecting it. It most likely won't happen. If it did, then all the world Economies would collapse.
Probably, but the first isn't going to happen.
Yes, I know what you mean and yes that house of cards is definitely going to fall. It is only a matter of time.
That is ludicrous. If you can't do the job you were hired to do, you should face being fired. Just like everyone else.
I find it as offensive as Catholic organizations refusing (and not being required) to offer full medical benefits to their female employees.
From what you shared, his job description "changed" with this new implementation by Walgreens, so therefore it would not be what his job description was when he hired on.
True enough. However, work any job long enough and the job conditions and requirements will change. No job can remain static in todays competitive economy. You either change with them or leave.
Overall, I am not agreeing or disagreeing, however I have represented myself in Federal Court on freedom of religious issues on two counts and have won. Not bragging, however, the courts do heavily weigh their decisions towards the religious freedoms issues. Again, not agreeing or disagreeing with the courts.
Then again the employees of Catholic employment know the medical benefits provided before they accept the job. They always have the option of being employed elsewhere.
Although I disagree with the idea of requiring companies to give particular medical insurance to employees at all, if one is required to do so then all must do so. At most I would allow places of worship to slide, but certainly not their business efforts that are competing with other business that have the requirement.
Nevertheless, religious groups are very much up in arms about it.
Same thing - they objected, we (the nation as a group) exempted places of worship. That isn't good enough, though, and they want to compete in the business world without having to actually compete on a level playing field.
I am with Cagsil on this one.
Accordingly, this fellows right of religious preference cannot be dictated by the business and likewise the business practices cannot be dictated for the sake of religious preference.
Examples include: no labor after Sunset Friday; handling of food stuffs: Halal, Kosher; injection or ingestion of antibiotics, synthetic chemicals, etc.
The employee is not necessarily telling the owner what he/she can/cannot sell, they are simple stating they, themselves, cannot administer these products. And no employer can force an employee to sell/offer products of an inferior nature.
On the sidebar, regarding pharmaceuticals, so many drugs are in-market today, at a massively fast pace, that I do not believe the FDA is properly screening them. Recalls, Side Effects, Genetic modifications -and lawsuits up the wazooh.
I think pharmacists have a very difficult job balancing between pill-pushing and actual remedies/cures for ailments. Ailments that appear to be increasing rather than decreasing. The average American has a pharma investment of nearly 12,000 a year, mostly for older persons. Yeats & Keating!
So, respectfully, any pharmacist, regardless of religion, should have the right to refuse distribution of a substance they feel is unhealthy, adverse to the treatment of an ailment or effect of a substance(s) on an individual. Pharmacists know chemistry better than any doctor. If company policy forbids such an action, then ethically, the business needs review; financially, they can easily fill the slot with another pharmacists without a conscious issue and not have to terminate the employee.
In conclusion, if religion was really ruling the US corporate world, half the country would be out of a job/out of business -especially the mid-west & southern states.
You lost me in the logic mine field. I read that:
Religion takes priority and that business takes priority. Yet the two are incompatible in this case and one must truly prevail with the other losing out.
Any pharmacist should have the right to refuse to dispense substances they don't like, and if the company disagrees with their assessment the company is ethically in the wrong. In addition, the company can fill the slot of the pharmacist without terminating them - by paying them to sit at home while someone else does the work?
Pharmacists are pill pushers - no, doctors are pill pushers. The pharmacist does not recommend any pill and cannot dispense any drug not prescribed by a doctor. They can only count them out, collect the money and advise the patient on how to take them. A good pharmacist will also discuss side effects with the patient and often know that information better than the doctor. They fill a very valuable niche in our world (at least until they decide they don't want to do it) of medical care.
Any pharmacist can ethically refuse to dispense any drug by simply quitting the work. To ethically receive their paycheck, however, they must give out the drug that the doctor has prescribed and that company sells. To do otherwise is to make the statement that their religion or ethical stance is better and more important than the patient, the doctor, the company they work for, the pharmaceutical company, and the FDA; basically better and more important than everyone else in the world.
And based on individual rights, I'm willing to bet that the Supreme Court will side on religion's side in this case.
However, I am not implying that his lawsuit will have grounds, because it doesn't. He quit his job because they cut his hours.
His hours were cut because he wouldn't perform his duties of his position to the fullest of his ability, regardless of belief. The company isn't legally at fault for the man quitting his job. He could have taken the cut in hours for the short period of time that shots were being done. No, they do not send him home on paid leave while having it done. That would be absurd.
He refused to do the administering based on his religious beliefs. This is where it gets difficult because both are weighed equally. The Laws have to apply equally otherwise what is the sense.
He does have an ethical standard to apply, which is drafted by Laws governing drugs of any sort. He applies the law and his experience(knowledge) of the drugs. As you said, he discusses them with patients because he is more knowledgeable in that area.
I don't mind him stating that because of his religious beliefs that he cannot administer the drug. It's his individual right to do so. But, he has to realize that with that choice, there will be consequences. Right now, it seems as though he is using his religious beliefs to avert consequences.
I hope that helped.
As usual, Cags, we seem to think similarly but come to our conclusions and express them from a different direction.
I would add that a pharmacist is often more knowledgeable than a doctor about a drug, but Dewitt isn't claiming to use that knowledge. Just his religion, and if he tried to claim superior knowledge from his God that immunization is wrong he will be laughed out of court.
And yes, Dewitt is absolutely trying to use his religion to avoid the consequences of his actions. This is like a 7th day adventist refusing to work on Saturday because it is the day of rest while demanding that a business open only on Saturday provide him with a salary.
You know, the irony of your statement is true.
Doctors prescribe the drugs. Drugs they know little to nothing about, especially regarding the compounds that form them. The pharma sales people just come by and drop samples on them or push a specific brand of medicine and it is supposed to be the one. Yet pharmacists who spend years scrutinizing the chemical compounds AND interaction of those compounds with other compounds are only permitted to count and dispense. lol. 250k in tuition to count to 30. lol.
At the end of the day, seems business wins and the real health-ethics go out the window. My hat is off to any pharmacist -regardless of religious belief- who steps up and says "No, sorry, I can't dispense that."
So you go to a doctor, a good one that is conscientious and cares about you. He examines you, notes all of your physical symptoms, takes blood pressure, blood tests and in general has a very good idea of your state of health. He gives me a prescription for a drug that he thinks will help.
The pharmacist takes a look at it and declares that that particular drug is immoral to use because (animal testing, God says it is, drug companies make money with it - take your choice of a hundred reasons) and refuses to fill the prescription.
*shrug* If that's what you want in a pharmacist, that's up to you. I would rather have one that looks at it, checks for interactions with other drugs he has sold me, explains the side effects and how to take it and gives it to me. I don't need a dissertation on the morality of it, I haven't paid him to examine my health (and he hasn't) and he doesn't have 1/10 the information about me that my doctor has.
Actually, the very first time a pharmacist refuses to fill my prescription because his personal sky fairy has told him not to will be the last time my shadow darkens the doorway to that pharmacy.
Thought I could be up longer that this ...sorry for interupting!
goina lay down a bit!
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