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First Liberty Defends Christian Nurse Practitioner Fired by CVS Pharmacy

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February 11, 2022
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by Jorge Gomez • 5 min read

This week, First Liberty filed a charge of discrimination at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of our client Robyn Strader.

CVS Pharmacy fired Robyn—a nurse practitioner with multiple advanced degrees—because the company wants to force its employees to prescribe contraceptives no matter what.

For six and half years, CVS accommodated Robyn’s religious beliefs without a problem. When someone requested contraception, usually only a few times per year, Robyn referred patients to another practitioner at her location or to another clinic located just a couple miles away.

But CVS reversed course late last year, joining the ranks of the “woke” corporate culture. The company stated it would no longer honor religious accommodations related to pregnancy-prevention services.

Soon after this policy was put in place, CVS fired Robyn.

First Liberty is fighting this injustice. In our EEOC charge, our legal team makes clear that Robyn should not be forced to choose between her faith and her livelihood.

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CVS issued the wrong prescription by discriminating against Robyn, a passionate and caring healthcare professional who’s dedicated herself to improving the wellbeing of people in the community.

She has multiple degrees, including a PhD in Education, Health Promotion and Human Performance, Medical Physiology from the University of Toledo Medical Center; a Doctor of Chiropractic from Parker University; a Masters in Nursing, Education, Family Nurse Practitioner from Texas Woman’s University; and an MBA from Texas Woman’s University.

At a time when America faces a health crisis, we need as many medical providers as possible. Companies should embrace—not exclude—compassionate and experienced professionals such as Robyn.

Part of CVS’s stated mission is to “create an engaging and inclusive work environment where our colleagues reflect the diversity of our customers.” But the company’s alleged “inclusivity” and “diversity” doesn’t seem to apply if you’re a person of faith. Instead, its new, “woke” policies are driving away those with deeply held religious beliefs.

CVS taking adverse action against a religious employee is outrageous and illegal. Federal law is clear: If an employer can easily accommodate an employee’s religious beliefs, they must do so. What’s more, employers may not fire, demote, refuse a promotion or otherwise take adverse action against employees because of religious beliefs they could accommodate.

The corporate “canceling” of Robyn by CVS makes a mockery of laws that protect religious Americans from discrimination. There’s no legitimate reason for CVS to now go back on its word and force Robyn to choose between her faith and her job.

It takes tremendous courage for Robyn—and all of our clients—to stand up for their rights. Make no mistake, taking on a major corporation will be a tough legal battle. But we’re confident the law is on our side. And with faithful patriots like YOU coming together, there’s incredible hope we can deliver a victory.

Whether it’s in the boardroom or the break room, “woke” corporate culture is a threat to religious employees. Will you consider an urgent gift to First Liberty to help defend Robyn and the many others who are facing career-ending threats for their faith?

Your support is crucial in restoring Robyn’s rights and protecting religious liberty for you, your children and all Americans in the workplace.

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