Bloomberg Law
Nov. 29, 2021, 1:29 PMUpdated: Nov. 29, 2021, 4:51 PM

NYC Teachers’ Religious Challenge to Vaccine Mandate Revived (2)

Patrick Dorrian
Patrick Dorrian

Fifteen New York City public school teachers and administrators must have their requests for religious accommodations from the city’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate reconsidered because the mandate may violate their First Amendment rights, the Second Circuit ruled.

The decision Sunday leaves in place temporary relief that stayed the deadline for the 15 workers to opt into the extended leave program the city offers for those who refuse to be vaccinated while their accommodation requests are reheard under the standards set forth in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The extended leave program is without pay and requires workers denied ...

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