I admit, this gave me a headache.
Edwin DeWitt worked in Ontario for about five years before his refusal to give immunizations prompted a fight with the company that is headed for a jury trial.
DeWitt has practiced Kriya Yoga and followed its tenets since about 1986, when he was introduced to it in college, his lawyer said. One of the general tenets is “to do no harm to himself or any other person,” the lawsuit says. Kriya Yoga considers “injectable substances, including medicines … to be toxic and harmful to the human body,” according to the suit.
DeWitt started working for Walgreens in Ontario in 2005 and was promoted to pharmacy manager in late 2007. His lawyer, Guy Hallam of Boise’s Kormanik Hallam & Sneed firm, said Walgreens never denied the legitimacy of DeWitt’s religious objection, but failed to accommodate his beliefs in violation of federal law.
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This type of personal beliefs dispute comes up with regards to the dispensing of sell morning-after pills. And, apparently, lawsuits also have been filed that allege discrimination against people who refused compulsory vaccinations.
Many states have passed “conscience clause” laws. But where is the line between doing your job, which is serving the public, and your personal beliefs (in this case, are unfounded in science)? If this guy thinks medicines are toxic, he is in the WRONG profession. Don’t sue your employer who is doing the reasonable thing, get the hell out of the job! SHEESH.