The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken up the case of a group of nurses and medical workers who claim they were fired from an Erie-based hospital over their religious objections to mandatory flu vaccinations.Right here in the Middle District of Pennsylvania!
We've been down this road (or at least a similar road) before. You can read my legal analysis of a similar claim involving vaccines here. In short:
- Can the employer accommodate the flu shot-less employees without incurring an undue hardship?
- Does the lack of flu shot pose a direct threat to health or safety?
See also, Jon Hyman's Can you require flu shots for your employees?