Journal of Business Ethics 77 (2):191 - 203 (2008)

Jill Dieterle
Eastern Michigan University
Does a pharmacist have a right to refuse to fill certain prescriptions? In this paper, I examine cases in which an employee might refuse to do something that is part of his or her job description. I will argue that in some of these cases, an employee does have a right of refusal and in other cases an employee does not. In those cases where the employee does not have a right of refusal, I argue that the refusals (if repeated) are just cause for termination of employment. I argue that there are moral principles that support the different outcomes in the cases under consideration. I turn to pharmacy cases at the end of the paper and argue that they are analogous to cases where an employee does not have a right of refusal and thus fall under the principle that refusing to fill birth control prescriptions constitutes just cause for termination.
Keywords birth control prescriptions  consumer rights  employee rights  freedom of conscience  pharmacist refusals
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DOI 10.1007/s10551-006-9308-x
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