According to Walgreens’ policy, an employee may refuse to sell condoms to a customer if it’s against the employee’s faith.
Nate Pentz, a Minnesota Realtor, shared on Twitter his experience at a Walgreens in Wisconsin where he and his wife were refused service when trying to purchase condoms.
The Walgreens employee said it was against their beliefs and their religion did not permit it, therefore under Walgreens policy, they had a right to not sell them.
The tweet went viral and had many people wondering if there was any truth behind this “right to refuse”.
It turns out Walgreens employees do have the right to refuse to sell condoms to a customer because of the employee’s religious beliefs. The employee, however, must have a manager on duty or another staff member complete the transaction.
Walgreens’ policy is outlined by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In part, religious discrimination in employment is prohibited and workplaces are required to accommodate religious beliefs and practices.