Sumary of Religious exemption requests in US grow as COVID-19 vaccine mandates rise:
- About 3,000 Los Angeles Police Department employees are citing religious objections to try to get out of the required COVID-19 vaccination.
- And an Arkansas hospital has been swamped with so many such requests from employees that it is apparently calling their bluff.
- And it is only likely to grow following President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates covering more than 100 million Americans, including executive branch employees and workers at businesses with more than 100 people on the payroll.
- It’s not clear yet how many federal employees have requested a religious exemption.
- The Labor Department has said an accommodation can be denied if it causes an undue burden.
- The allowance was enshrined in the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which says employers must make reasonable accommodations for employees who object to work requirements because of “sincerely held” religious beliefs.
- A religious belief does not have be recognized by an organized religion, and it can be new, unusual or “seem illogical or unreasonable to others,” according to rules laid out by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
- But it can’t be founded solely on political or social ideas.