The Restitution Study Group is asking government and private company employees to change health plans to help one of its leaders win a lawsuit against a health insurer.
The RSG, Hoboken, N.J., has put out a call for workers with a choice of plans to avoid plans run by Aetna Inc., Hartford.
Deadria Farmer-Paellmann, the executive director of the RSG, is also the lead plaintiff in Farmer-Paellmann, et al v. Brown & Williamson, et al., a class-action lawsuit that calls on Aetna and other companies that may have benefited directly or indirectly from slavery in the 1800s to pay restitution to a trust fund that would benefit the descendants of the slaves.
A judge in the U.S. District Court in Chicago dismissed the case, and now Farmer-Paellmann has filed an appeal with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.
Open season runs from today to Dec. 11 at many institutions, and the RSG is hoping a boycott will persuade Aetna to settle the suit by starting a trust fund that will benefit the descendants of the slaves, according to Farmer-Paellmann and her colleagues.
“This boycott is divisive activity,” says Aetna representative Cynthia Michener.