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Report: Cigna Insurance Subjects Employees to Abusive Critical Race Training

Report: Cigna Insurance Subjects Employees to Abusive Critical Race Training

Other employees allege Cigna cares more about diversity than qualifications when it comes to hiring new people.

Cigna Insurance employees shared documents and chat logs with The Washington Examiner showing the company subjecting them to critical race theory lessons.

Cigna is worth tens of billions of dollars with over 73,000 employees. It is also the largest health insurance company in America.

The lessons drill into the employees’ heads to check their white, sex, and, get this, religious privilege.

Religious privilege? Yes, it is “a set of advantages that benefits believers of a certain religion but not people who practice other religions or no religions at all.”

Instead of saying brown bag lunch (who says that anymore?) Cigna encourages you to say “lunch-and-learn” or “grab n’ go.”

Cigna doesn’t want employees to say, “no can do.” You should say “unavailable.”

Employees should not use “gendered descriptions of romantic partners or family members.” You are literally asking people to strip others of their humanity. Do you use it? “Oh, my it and it are having an it.” “My cousin finally has a new itfriend.”

I guess some people complained about others saying “Hip Hip Hooray” at birthday parties. Cigna said not to say that “so others feel included.”

How does one feel excluded when others say “Hip Hip Hooray?”

The Washington Examiner published a chart with inclusive language, a list of ways to check your privilege, and books to guilt whites about their race. Domestic terrorist Angela Davis authored two of the recommended books!

Susan Stith, Cigna Foundation’s vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and corporate responsibility, wrote in a memo: “Our inclusive culture at Cigna means that we’re working hard to ensure everyone feels respected, welcome, and like they belong. This extends to the words we use, including understanding when certain terms might be perceived as negative or hurtful, and being intentional about choosing positive alternatives.”

Some employees allege Cigna uses the “sensitivity training” ideas in its hiring process. Cigna cares more about diversity than talent:

Chat logs between an employee and a hiring manager viewed by the Washington Examiner detail an incident where a minority candidate with strong credentials performed exceptionally well in an interview. When that employee suggested to the hiring manager that the company wave the candidate through to the next step in the process, the hiring manager dismissed the candidate under the assumption he was white.

After learning that the candidate belonged to a minority group, the manager said she was excited to hire him, despite learning virtually nothing else about his background.

“Given the hiring practices they have in place where white, male candidates are blocked, regardless of qualifications, I have to say, ‘Yes, there’s obvious discrimination at this company,'” one employee told the Washington Examiner.

Another time, an employee suggested a candidate with years of industry experience. That employee was informed by the hiring manager that the candidate, a white man, could not be interviewed because he didn’t meet the diversity criteria.

Hiring someone based on race, religion, and sex means the company has a lot of open positions:

In departments focused on tech or data, meeting diversity requirements often means positions are left open for inordinate periods of time.

“I can’t fill these jobs,” said one individual who described himself as a largely happy employee.

One employee said Cigna started to hold mandatory townhalls after George Floyd’s death. The employee described them as a “white giant guilt” townhall.

Floyd’s death led to other changes:

One company memo reviewed by the Washington Examiner refers to George Floyd’s death as a “senseless murder” and announces a company-wide dress code revision to allow Black Lives Matter attire in the workplace.

“As part of our culture of inclusion, we believe employees should bring their whole selves to work, and we embrace causes that align with our values,” the announcement reads. “That’s why we’ve recently updated our Dress for Your Day policy to reflect that Black Lives Matter apparel is permitted at work.”

Cigna proudly shares a variety of its anti-racist initiatives publicly. In July 2020, the company started its Building Equity and Equality Program, a “five-year initiative to expand and accelerate our efforts to support diversity, inclusion, equality and equity for communities of color,” which includes the release of “an annual diversity scorecard to advance the principles of diversity, equity, and equality.”

Cigna forced its employees to fill out an action plan, which included explanations of how they planned to become “more inclusive.” The company has lessons for the employees about “alleged systemic racism in American society.” Most of those lessons center around the flawed 1619 Project.

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Comments

SeiteiSouther | March 22, 2021 at 11:12 am

Absolutely insane. There’s no other way to couch what is going on in that company.

2smartforlibs | March 22, 2021 at 11:13 am

being a former union thug that was the muscle for things like this, there is only one way you’re going to get them to stop. Turn it around on them.

From Jew privilege to White privilege. From colored people (i.e. low-information attribute) to people of color (i.e. color bloc, identity defined by skin color, racism, diversity [dogma]). From Great Leap to one-child to selective-child. One step forward, two steps backward.

None of this seems serious but the consequences will be very serious indeed.

This is coming to my small nonprofit. I’ve been actively looking for new work because I do not plan on complying and want something lined up if I am fired for either not going or being disruptive during the training.

How is “upper class” a “societal norm”? Do these curriculum writers ever think critically?

By it’s simplest definition, upper class is always 50% or less when you have only two classes. However, since we have three strata it is near impossible to be a societal norm….also, we keep hearing about this wealth inequality and a 1%…that’s the opposite of a societal norm.

That screen shot listing religion needs to be shown to a class action lawyer. It ‘should’ make the lawyer see dollar signs while following up with an offer for a lawsuit.

    GA_Man in reply to kyrrat. | March 23, 2021 at 12:42 pm

    The “Check Your Privilege” screenshot lists specific criteria for the group they intend to discriminate against, then right underneath it, have a section called “Understanding Discrimination”… unbelievable…. attorney could have a field day with this….

Point of information: Cigna is not the largest US health insurer. UnitedHealth Group and Aetna are both significantly larger than Cigna.

Second point of information: As a white “cisgender” female who’s “upper class”, I would not be feeling “respected”, “welcome” or as if I “belong” in a culture that’s promulgating this Maoist claptrap.

As both a (retired) financial analyst and as someone who understands the way health insurance nominally works, I am horrified that Cigna is letting positions in critical areas areas go unfilled rather than hire white males. I wouldn’t imagine that doctors and hospitals with unpaid or improperly paid claims and beneficiaries whose benefits aren’t being managed correctly will be happy to accept incompetent service. But on the other hand, Cigna has NEVER been a well-managed company.

I had Cigna Medicare Part D insurance last year and experience was terrible. I now see that being terrible is part if tge company’s ethos. So glad I dumped them.

As for the unfortunate employees, they should sue.

    I don’t know that they have any legal recourse. Private employers have a lot of leeway with how they treat their employees. Termination for not attending mandatory trainings is permissible. Unless you are of a protected class, you do not have many options, keep your job, resign or get fired.

      healthguyfsu in reply to Saxinis. | March 22, 2021 at 2:32 pm

      Religious discrimination is a protected class, if the law meanings anything any more.

        You are correct, however unless they say they are terminating you because of your religion, how will you prove it? By refusing the training, the employee, if at-will, can just be let go, and depending on how the conversation of the refusal goes, the employer may have cause for letting the employee go. There are a lot of unknowns for the employee.

          healthguyfsu in reply to Saxinis. | March 22, 2021 at 9:37 pm

          You can easily claim that you are refusing training that violates your religious freedoms. You might not win, but there is definitely a claim there.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to Longplay. | March 22, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    I do not have a choice. My husband’s employer has chosen Cigna for us because it was cheaper than the option we had before (Humana). Well, no wonder it is cheaper – they won’t pay for *anything* – they said my husband hernia surgery was “cosmetic” and therefore “elective.”

    I cannot wait to dump them!

It sounds like Cigna has created a hostile work environment. Why on earth would any HR department think this is a good idea? It just screams lawsuit.

    PODKen in reply to Sanddog. | March 22, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    The HR department will keep their mouth shut because they are complicit in creating the work environment.

    JPL17 in reply to Sanddog. | March 22, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Agreed, though creating a hostile work environment isn’t CIGNA’s *only* legal problem. They’re also illegally discriminating in hiring, thus exposing themselves to lawsuits from all job applicants whom they reject due to sex, race or religion.

    And although I don’t expect HR Departments to tell their companies to stop doing things that will get them sued, that IS the job of the legal department. So where the heck is CIGNA’s General Counsel in all this? Chances are either she’s either hopelessly “woke” herself, has kept silent because she values keeping her job over actually *doing* it, or has been ignored by upper management.

    But whatever the reason why no adult at CIGNA has put a stop to this insane policy, this is a company in serious dysfunction.

      Sternverbs in reply to JPL17. | March 23, 2021 at 9:02 am

      They are discriminating against hiring 60 year old’s with four decades of experience, that’s for effing sure.

    nordic_prince in reply to Sanddog. | March 23, 2021 at 12:57 am

    You have NO idea just how bad most HR departments are. Years of abusing job candidates were merely a warmup.

    HR does not exist for the sake of the employees – it exists for the sake of the company, and when push comes to shove will side with management Every. Single. Time.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Sanddog. | March 24, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Just look at who mans persons HR departments these days. Angry women with studies degrees, or, it is where some companies shove all of their quota-hires, little realizing what damage they do.

      henrybowman in reply to The Friendly Grizzly. | March 24, 2021 at 5:09 pm

      The large (now defunct) computer manufacturer I worked for in the ’70s had a roundly-hated dick of a VP in charge of our manufacturing plant. He would physically get up on the roof and take Polaroids of blue-collar employees who arrived late so he could gig them. After numerous complaints, the company “promoted” him to “Vice President of Equal Opportunity Programs.” We thought that was a clever way to solve the problem. Your observation points out where our thinking was wrong.

If Orwell were alive, his next book would be a non-fiction exploration of this insanity. Why bother creating a fictional dystopia, when reality is providing one?

“As part of our culture of inclusion, we believe employees should bring their whole selves to work,”
_______________

LOL, sure you do. Unless part of their “whole selves” is conservative, or not loony leftist. Try wearing a MAGA hat to work there and see how “inclusive” the management is.

I so want to see some of these “woke” companies get slammed with lawsuits and multi-billion-dollar jury verdicts for viewpoint discrimination and the forced indoctrination/brainwashing of their employees. It’s an outrage what these sanctimonious, ill-informed, virtue-signaling jerks are doing to people.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Observer. | March 22, 2021 at 9:39 pm

    Yeah, if these kind of soft rhetoric wasn’t a red cape with a matador blade underneath then they might have something. It’s just a trap.

“How does one feel excluded when others say “Hip Hip Hooray?”
People like me have no hipster privilege.

    Sanddog in reply to henrybowman. | March 22, 2021 at 6:46 pm

    Because you’re celebrating one person to the exclusion of others. It’s not fair to the person who isn’t celebrating their own birthday.

      henrybowman in reply to Sanddog. | March 24, 2021 at 1:04 am

      I can guarantee you, at the event of my birth, my mother was handing out NO participation trophies. ZERO.

Well, at least Cigna can’t blacklist you. (The Approved Words for blacklist/whitelist are “blocklist/allowlist.”

Of course, no actually uses these made-up words in casual conversation, but, moral purity apparently now requires its own vocabulary. Can you imagine saying a word like “allowlist” sans coercion?

One wonders if they ever heard of Newspeak, Orwell’s term for language designed to prevent one from even thinking in certain proscribed ways.

Besides, “blocklist” sounds too much like “blockhead.” And I’m sure “blockhead” must be a slur for something.

    henrybowman in reply to Albigensian. | March 24, 2021 at 1:05 am

    I drew the line at “personhole.”
    And that’s my (Woonsocket) Rhode Island reference for today.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | March 24, 2021 at 8:42 am

      My favorite was some scatterbrained woman who was trying to change her surname from Bowman to Bowperson. The judge told her that it would not be happening in his courtroom and to stop being so blasted silly. They went back and forth, and she settled on changing from Bowman to Archer.

      As for personhole, “access cover” would work, but because the radicals calling for the change didn’t think of it, it’s no good.

Lucifer Morningstar | March 22, 2021 at 10:39 pm

Susan Stith, Cigna Foundation’s vice president for diversity, equity, inclusion, and corporate responsibility, wrote in a memo . . .

And there’s your problem right there. Cigna thought it necessary to hire a VP for diversity, equity, inclusion, and corporate responsibility. Absent that waste of money position none of this would have happened.

SeekingRationalThought | March 22, 2021 at 10:58 pm

Cigna is now on my little list. It’s a list of companies whose proxies will be voted against all directors and any and all compensation plans or similar proposals. Will advise my clients to do the same. It won’t change things but if enough start doing it, these weak and moronic CEO’s may start to get at least a clue. Not likely, but it’s a start.

If efforts like, “corporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and responsibility” actually worked, there would be -ZERO- need for corporate diversity, equity, inclusion, and responsibility,

How does one feel excluded when others say “Hip Hip Hooray?”

Jews, actually. A popular theory about that expression’s origin, is that it derives from the anti-Jewish Hep-Hep riots in Germany in 1819, and that “Hep” was originally a slogan that the Crusaders used to taunt the Jews, standing for “Hierosolyma est perdita” (“Jerusalem is lost”) . This theory is probably incorrect, as is almost any folk etymology attributing any pre-WW2 word to an acronym; at least in English, turning acronyms into words was simply not a thing until WW2. But I’ve seen it cited in several semi-respectable sources, and there is one report from 1819 that does allege this as the origin of the rioters’ slogan, so apparently in the German of the time making words from acronyms was a thing.

    Milhouse in reply to Milhouse. | March 23, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    See this article which Wikipedia cites as the main evidence against that etymology.

    It begins:

    It is widely believed that the English interjection Hep! Hep! began as an acronym for the Latin words Hierosolyma Est Perdita (Jerusalem has been lost or destroyed).
    The Oxford English Dictionary cites a periodical from 1839 as the earliest evidence of this notion. Actually, the earliest citation and—as far as I can tell—the source of all subsequent citations is a letter in an English newspaper called The New Times, dated August 28, 1819.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Milhouse. | March 24, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Until I head Milhouse’s comment, I figured the hip/hep meme had all the credibility of “picnic” being a contraction of “pick a nig” for lynching, where whites gathered and had a meal while watching the festivities. A morbid form of dinner theater, if you will.

    RG37205 in reply to Milhouse. | March 24, 2021 at 9:53 am

    “Hep” is not the same as”hip hip hooray”. I’m Jewish and never felt that hip hip hooray had any connotations other than being celebratory. I asked my husband, who knows a lot about linguistics and word origins (Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Farsi), what could possible be offensive about hip hip hooray and he was mystified. He thought maybe because one person was being singled out to be celebrated.

    bhwms in reply to Milhouse. | March 24, 2021 at 11:05 am

    If there is a reason like this, wouldn’t whatever it is need to be somewhat pervasive in the set of people who are using it in an offensive way, or in the people who believe it to be offensive? If we have to research it every time, that kind of takes away from its ability to have impact.

    “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

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