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Mercy Health Is Religious Employer Exempt From Anti-Bias Laws

March 26, 2020, 8:10 PM

A former employee at a Mercy Health hospital can’t pursue claims he was fired for refusing a job-required flu shot that conflicted with his Seventh-day Adventist beliefs because Mercy and related entities are exempt from federal and state anti-bias laws, the Western District of Oklahoma ruled.

That’s so even though one of the factors used to assess an employer’s religious status under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act “minimally” tilted in favor of Don Boydston’s opposition to application of that law’s religious employer exemption, the court said Wednesday

According to Boydston, Mercy Health, Mercy Hospital Ardmore Inc., and...

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