Religious exemptions from vax: “Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs”

[Everything below this is an excerpt. ABN]

Sincerely Held Religious Beliefs

42 U.S. Code § 2000e–2 defines “Unlawful employment practices” as follows:

It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer— (1) to fail or refuse to hire or to discharge any individual, or otherwise to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin; or (2) to limit, segregate, or classify his employees or applicants for employment in any way which would deprive or tend to deprive any individual of employment opportunities or otherwise adversely affect his status as an employee, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

This means that employers must respect your “sincerely held religious beliefs” with regard to the COVID vaccination with a reasonable accommodation. The sincerely held religious belief need only be yours alone, and there is no requirement that such belief be generally accepted theological dogma. 

Written documentation of your sincerely held religious belief is mandatory, as is specifically using the key words “sincerely held religious belief.” Be certain to retain copies of your request and take photos if your employer has an electronic portal system that does not otherwise provide you a written copy. Secure your copy of the request in a safe and readily accessible spot outside of your place of employment.  

link to full article on religious and other kinds of exemptions


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