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CVS Won't Let Employee Wear Religious Ties?

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As posted on Facebook, Aug. 30, 2013:
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Netlore Archive: Viral Facebook posting claims a CVS pharmacy in Orange, VA asked an employee to stop wearing ties bearing religious symbols after receiving a customer complaint about them.

Description: Viral text
Circulating since: Aug. 2013
Status: True (see details below)

Full text:
As posted on Facebook, Aug. 30, 2013:

DEAR FACE BOOK FRIENDS AND FAMILY I NEED YOUR HELP "ATTENTION"
I WAS PICKING UP MY MEDS AT CVS/PHARMACY IN ORANGE VA WHEN THE GUY I HAVE BEEN DEELING WITH FOR MANY YEARS CAME TO THE WINDOW HE ALWAYS WEARS THE NEATEST TIES WITH BIBLE SCRIPTURE OR MAYBE A PICTURE OF THREE CROSSES THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL SO TODAY I NOTICED HE DID NOT HAVE HIS TIE ON AND SO I ASK WHERE WAS THE BEAUTIFUL TIES THAT HE ALWAYS WEARS AND HE TOLD ME VERY SADLY I AM NO LONGER ALLOWED TO WEAR ANYTHING PROTAINING TO MY RELIGION I WAS OUTRAGED HE TOLD ME THAT SOMEONE HAD MADE A COMPLAINT TO THE COM. THAT HIS TIES AFFENDED THEM WELL IT HAS OFFENDED ME THAT I WILL NO LONGER BE ABLE TO SEE THE BEAUTIFUL TIES THAT I THINK HE SHOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR SO I CALLED CVS CORPRATE OFFICE AND LET THEM KNOW I WOULD BE SPEADING THIS SHAMFUL ACT ABROAD SO PLEASE TELL EVERYONE YOU KNOW SHARE THIS PAGE WITH EVERY FRIEND AND TELL THEM TO TELL THERE FRIENDS I AM ALSO STARTING A PETITION TO MAKE THEM LET HIM HAVE HIS TIES BACK WE HAVE TO TAKE A STAND THIS IS CRAZY AND IT HAS TO STOP WE AS CHRISTIANS NEED TO TAKE A STAND PLS PLS STAND WITH ME AND LETS SPREAD THIS EVERY WHERE UNTIL SOMEONE SEES THIS AND MAKES THIS WRONG RIGHT THANKS


Analysis: True. I received the following statement, a copy of which has also been posted on the company's official Facebook page, from Mike DeAngelis, CVS/pharmacy's Director of Public Relations:

We want our stores to be a place where all customers feel welcome and where our colleagues can work in comfort. We greatly value the diversity of our communities and have complete respect for the religious beliefs of our customers and colleagues.

Our company dress code is not intended to exclude all religious attire, but to avoid messages that could lead to confrontations or discomfort, regardless of the subject matter.

In Orange, VA, we recently received a customer complaint about a colleague’s attire and we acted to address that complaint, not to support or oppose any particular religious belief.

For clarity's sake, it bears repeating that according to the company its dress code policy does not ban religious-themed attire per se, but rather "messages that could lead to confrontations or discomfort, regardless of the subject matter."


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Last updated 09/04/13

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