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11th-Dec-2012 01:02 pm

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.)


11th-Dec-2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
What about flowers? Or something (vegan, obv, so not chocolate-dipped as I'm sure that has milk products in it) from Edible Arrangements?
11th-Dec-2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
That's amazing. I'm facing having to get multiple vaccines to be able to do supervised practice in hospitals. Most of them contain some animal product, not to mention all the wonderful things like formaldehyde, thimerosol (mercury), and other lovely chemicals.

Do you know if your supervisor likes wine? A vegan wine with some crackers and spreads, like olive tapenade and roasted eggplant along with some good dark chocolate would be nice. I'm thinking places like Trader Joe's or World Market would have some good options.
11th-Dec-2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
Just write her a nice note on nice stationary and give it to her. She's just doing her job, and doing it well I might add. I generally don't believe in gifting up to people, even in a case like this... hence: note.
11th-Dec-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Seconding this. I think a thank-you note that you really appreciate her following up and accommodating your needs is a great idea, but at least where I work it'd be a little odd/borderline inappropriate to give a gift in a situation like this. (Of course your corporate culture may vary.)
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