Many Virginians who work in the medical field contact VMF to ask if it's legal to be fired from a job because you refuse a vaccine. After some research we found this case and some other relevant information that will be linked down below:
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a press release earlier last year stating that Mission Hospital Inc., a North Carolina corporation based in Asheville and the main hospital of Mission Health System, has agreed to pay $89,000 and furnish other relief to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC had charged that Mission Hospital violated federal law when it refused to accommodate and fired employees who declined flu vaccinations based on their religious beliefs. In addition to the $89,000 that Mission paid to settle the claim, it also had to agree to “revise its immunization policy to permit employees to request an exemption during the same period in which flu vaccines are to be received.”
Click here to the entire press release.
EEOC Office of Legal Counsel staff members wrote the following informal discussion letter in response to an inquiry from a member of the public asking about workplace vaccinations and discrimination. Click here to the EEOC's staff members' responses.