Suit Challenges Vaccine Mandate Without Religious Exemption

Suit was filed yesterday in a Maine federal district court on behalf of over 2000 health care workers (all filing anonymously) challenging Maine Governor Janet Mills’ order that all health care workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, without any accommodation or exception for religious objections. Medical exemptions are still available. The complaint (full text) in Jane Does 1-6 v. Mills, (D ME, filed, 8/25/2021), alleges free exercise and religious discrimination violations, saying in part:

The dispute in this case is not about what accommodations are available to Plaintiffs or whether accommodation of Plaintiffs’ sincerely held religious objections can be conditioned on compliance with certain reasonable requirements….The dispute is about whether Defendants are required to even consider a request for reasonable accommodation of Plaintiffs’ sincerely held religious beliefs….

Plaintiffs all have sincerely held religious beliefs that preclude them from accepting or receiving any of the three available COVID-19 vaccines because of the connection between the various COVID-19 vaccines and the cell lines of aborted fetuses, whether in the vaccines’ origination, production, development, testing, or other inputs….

Plaintiffs have all informed their respective employers that they are willing to wear facial coverings, submit to reasonable testing and reporting requirements, monitor symptoms, and otherwise comply with reasonable conditions that were good enough to permit them to do their jobs for the last 18 months with no questions asked.

Liberty Counsel issued a press release announcing the filing of the lawsuit.

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