Bloomberg Law
May 19, 2022, 9:35 AM

Workplace Vaccine Mandate Exemption Lawsuits Falter in Court

Robert Iafolla
Robert Iafolla

Companies with workplace Covid-19 vaccination mandates have largely fended off legal challenges to their handling of employees’ requests for religious and health-related exemptions.

Workers have filed at least 66 lawsuits against private employers since September 2021 for refusing to grant exemptions, or for providing allegedly insufficient accommodations, according to a Bloomberg Law review of cases. Judges have rejected workers’ requests for immediate court orders blocking enforcement of those policies in 22 of those challenges.

Courts issued temporary restraining orders in just three cases, which involved employers putting workers on unpaid leave as an accommodation for not getting vaccinated. Yet those ...

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