TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Apr 22, 2019
Saint Thomas Health will have to pay $75,000 to a former  worker who was fired after refusing a flu shot that would've violated his religious beliefs, the Daily News Journal reports. The employee was terminated in 2015 after not receiving a flu shot, an act that would've infringed upon his Moorish Science Temple of America beliefs. All employees at Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital are required to have an annual flu shot, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The federal order issued Thursday says the hospital has 60 days to modify its accommodation policy to ensure employees with sincerely held religious beliefs may appeal a denied accommodation request before being terminated.