• Hospital Workers Exempt From Getting Flu Shot Due to Religious Objection
  • February 10, 2017
  • Law Firm: Breazeale Sachse Wilson L.L.P. - Baton Rouge Office
  • Saint Vincent Health Center in Erie, Pennsylvania agreed to grant religious exemptions from its flu vaccine requirement and pay $300,000 to settle an EEOC lawsuit filed on behalf of six employees who refused flu shots because of their religious beliefs. Saint Vincent must adhere to a broad definition of religion under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act in applying its exemption policy. The hospital will not be allowed to deny exemption requests because it disagrees with the employee's belief or because it believes the stated religious belief is unfounded, illogical or inconsistent in some way unless it would pose an undue hardship on hospital operations. The hospital is offering reinstatement to the six employees who were fired for refusing the vaccine after their exemption requests were denied.