My brother and I work at a gas station. He refused to sell one of the women who also worked there cigarettes because she was pregnant and told her so. Being immature she stormed out before the other cashier or manager could sell them to her. He then got bitched at by the manager and almost fired him. I looked it up and their are no laws saying he has a right to refuse the sale (as long as valid ID is shown and she isnt planning on giving the cigs to another person underage) but its a question of company policy vs morality. Also federal law states that "The employer must accommodate an employees religious beliefs if reasonable." I am paraphrasing but that is the gist. Also in the company handbook it states that employees must show moral integrity or something like that. Which I dont think the woman does in this case and of how she handled it.
Is there any legal precedent or argument that can hold water to use against my boss? I agree with my brother in what he did because its fucking stupid to smoke when pregnant but I understand its a personal rights thing. But the baby isnt her property and can be taken away for negligence once born, why isn't she held accountable for the fetus?
Its not that my brother or I are super religious or anything, but we both try to follow a code of ethics.
I think my possible arguments are that:
1.Its against my brothers spiritual beliefs to sell alcohol or tobacco to someone pregnant.
2.The woman is not showing moral integrity and thus is in violation on company policy.
3.Technically she is giving tobacco to an underage person (the fetus)
None of these are very solid arguments, I guess I just want to hear what you all think?