While Trader Joe’s granted Gregg Crawford a religious vaccine exemption, they prevented him from an important leadership meeting even though he agreed to get tested before attending live or to tune in remotely, according to the Sept. 7 lawsuit. The suit was filed by the Pacific Justice Institute, which identifies as a conservative legal defense nonprofit.
“Trader Joe’s mandate that employees inject themselves with experimental vaccines while building an empire on giving customers natural, healthy options is hypocritical,” Brad Dacus, the institute’s president, noted in a release.
The lawsuit notes that Crawford’s regional manager read an ‘Employee Incident Report’ informing Crawford he was fired in part for ignoring an “Open Door Policy” by complaining to human resources instead of going to his supervisor and “(approaching) the issue from an ‘adversarial perspective’” and “(acting) in conflict with the interests of the company.”
Trader Joe’s did not respond to a request for comment.