A few months ago I was told by my supervisor that it was now mandatory to take the flu shot. It seems all of the hospitals in my area are making this a requirement for employment. Only exemptions were:
- allergy to eggs
- religious reasons
Two weeks ago, I got the call from the Director of Employee Health. First, she informed me that after speaking to the legal department, veganism was not a protected entity. Then she told me she'd read my personal letter and asked,
"This is really a belief system for you, isn't it?"
"It is, absolutely."
"Well, I'm putting you down as declining the flu shot for religious reasons."
I was shocked. I burst into tears, and she hurried off the phone to tearful thank yous.
I am so proud of myself and so happy that my employer (at least that single woman) saw my veganism as I see and feel it.
And I really want to send her a 'thank you' basket of vegan goodies.
I don't know if she's diabetic or really anything so I'm not sure what to send. Also, some omnivores don't have a palette for unique flavors, so when I thought of these sweetened cardmom spiced almonds, I'm kind of leery of sending them. (I adored them.)