11:15am

Fri February 14, 2014
Politics

Tenn. Pharmacist Sues Over Firing, Contraceptive Sale at Issue

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pharmacist who says he was fired for refusing to sell the morning-after pill has filed a lawsuit against his former employer.

The Tennessean reports Philip Hall said he was fired from Walgreens in August because he wouldn't sell the contraceptive due to his religious beliefs. Hall says in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Nashville that he finds the drug "sinful and repugnant to his sincerely held religious beliefs."

A spokesman from Walgreen Co. declined to comment on pending litigation, but said the company has a policy that allows workers to "step away" from a morally objectionable transaction and refer it to another employee.

A handful of other pharmacists across the nation have filed similar lawsuits over the sale of the drug.