Woke CVS Gets Worse

Written by David E. Smith

Why does CVS want to force employees to violate their religiously informed conscience? Why would they terminate a faithful, high performing health care professional of more than 20 years? Why would CVS previously grant a religious accommodation from prescribing contraceptive abortifacients from 2014 to 2022 and then abruptly revoke it?

Why would they fire a wonderful employee because of her sincerely held religious beliefs and open themselves up to a civil rights lawsuit?

“After accommodating Gunna for several years, CVS fired her because it simply did not like her religious beliefs,” said Stephanie Taub, Senior Counsel for First Liberty Institute. “It is illegal to issue a blanket revocation of all religious accommodations when CVS can accommodate its employees. CVS is sending a message that religious health care workers are not welcome and need not apply.”

Watch and listen to the video below as Gunna Kristofersdottir shares her story. Plus, attorney Tabitha Harrington explains why winning these cases are so important—especially at a time when “woke” cancel culture seems to be taking over more and more American corporations.

The complaint is available here.

Ms. Kristofersdottir has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Iceland and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Nevada. She has worked for over 20 years as a nurse practitioner. Prior to working for CVS, Ms. Kristofersdottir worked as a nurse practitioner for both the United States Air Force and Navy as well as for clinics located in Georgia and Oklahoma.

In the complaint, her attorneys state, “CVS could have accommodated Ms. Kristofersdottir in several ways, including by transferring her to a virtual position, a larger clinic, an education or training position, or a location specializing in COVID-19, or continuing to honor the religious accommodation that worked successfully for years. CVS’s policy of preemptively denying all such requests regardless of individual circumstances is unlawful and has a disparate impact on its employees on the basis of religion.”

First Liberty has a similar federal lawsuit pending against CVS Health on behalf of Robyn Strader, a nurse practitioner in Texas.