CVS served with EEOC complaint over fired employee

CVS served with EEOC complaint over fired employee

CVS served with EEOC complaint over fired employee

A complaint has been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that accuses pharmacy chain CVS of firing a longtime employee whose religious beliefs conflicted with a new policy.

First Liberty Institute filed the charge of discrimination on behalf of Robyn Strader, a nurse practitioner, who says she was granted a religious accommodation from prescribing contraception for six straight years ---but then got tossed to the street.

First Liberty attorney Christine Pratt tells AFN that Strader worked without a problem until last year when CVS decided pregnancy prevention was a “very serious deal” for the pharmacy chain.

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“They said these services are essential and everyone who works for CVS has to get in line,” Pratt alleges. “They said there would be no religious accommodations going forward related to pregnancy prevention services.”

Strader, who was employed at a CVS MinuteClinic in Keller, Texas, became a target overnight after the corporation promised to fire anyone who refused to comply.  

According to Pratt, Strader wrote CVS three times to ask for a religious accommodation, and was assured her job was safe, but she was fired in October 2021.

“And the crazy thing is,” Pratt says, “after they fired her, later they said, Well, you never asked for religious accommodations. Which is just blatantly false (because) she got proof showing she asked for it three times."

The EEOC has 180 days to review the complaint.