MGMT 402 IP3
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WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION 1 Workplace Religious Discrimination J uanna Stafford American InterContinental University MGMT402 WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION 2 Workplace Religious Discrimination As an employer it can sometime be difficult to separate your work activities from the religious beliefs of your employees It s difficult because as an employer you have a job to do but you also will need to understand and respect the religious views of your employees In the case MorrFitz v Blagojevich the employer struggled with a situation of respecting the religious beliefs of the employees In the case MorrFitz v Blagojevich the Illinois State government forced pharmacists to sell emergency over the counter contraceptives to customers This included the morning after pill and the week after Some people like Glenn Kosirog and Luke Vander Bleek found this to be a difficult choice because it goes against their religious beliefs The Becket Fund 2012 However Governor Rod Blagoj evich believed that by putting this policy in to place it would lighten the moral judgment when it comes to the pharmacists refilling prescriptions The governor also believed that if the pharmacist had issues concerning these emergency contraceptives that perhaps they should find another profession to work in In the case MorrFitz v Blagojevich the plaintiffs are licensed pharmacists who own and operate pharmacies in Illinois When public officials set a policy in place stating that emergency contraceptives will be available in their pharmacies they went to the Sangamon County Circuit Court and made a declaratory judgment action to have the policy removed According to the policy the pharmacies must give out the emergency contraception once a valid prescription is presented If it s unavailable at that time per the patient they must order it 68 Ill Adm Code 133091j 2005 The plaintiffs allege that this policy is in violation of the Illinois Religious WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION 3 Freedom Restoration Act Religious Freedom Act 775 ILCS 351 et seq and the Health Care Right of Conscience Act Conscience Act or Act 745 ILCS 701 et seq Alliance Alert 2008 They also claimed the policy violates their first amendment rights of the United States Constitution They stated that the policy con icts with their moral and religious beliefs The plaintiffs believe that this emergency contraception is abortifacient In accordance with 371 Ill App 3d 1175 the complaint was dismissed by the circuit appellate court because of failure to use all administrative remedies standing and ripeness The courts acknowledged and agreed that the plaintiffs claims were legal Unfortunately when it came to the merits of the Conscience Act in which the defendants were supposed to respond regarding the allegations they didn t believe the role was consistent Once the trial was over the plaintiff s temporary restraining order was denied From that order an interlocutory appeal was ordered under Supreme Court Rules 307a or d 188 Ill 2d Rs 307a d Alliance Alert 2008 The move for the plaintiff s preliminary injunction wasn t ruled upon because the court granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice based on justifiable issues by the defendants In conclusion The American Center for Law and Justice secured a victory for pro life pharmacy owners in Illinois The legal battle lasted over siX years The Illinois state court issued a decision striking down the state law that states that pharmacy owners should dispense the morning after pill and the week after pill even if doing so violates their religious or moral beliefs Alliance Alert 2008 References WORKPLACE RELIGIOUS DISCRIMINATION 4 1 IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS Review Title of Reviewed Work nd Retrieved from THE STATE OF ILLINOIS website httpwwwstateiluscourtOPINIONSSupremeCourt2008 December104692pdf 2 Illinois Pharmacists Win Key Victory on Morning After Pill nd Retrieved from Alliance Alert website httpwwwlifenewscom20l 10405 illinois pharrnacists win key victory on rnorning after pilU
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