Fired Hospital Worker Suing Over Flu Shot Requirement

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CINCINNATI (AP) -- A former Ohio hospital worker has filed a lawsuit after she was fired for refusing to get a flu shot because she's vegan.
Sakile Chenzira (sah-KEEL'-aye CHEN'-zeer-ah) was a longtime customer service representative at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. She was fired in December 2010 after refusing to get the shot because she doesn't believe in consuming any animal products.
The flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein.
Chenzira filed a lawsuit against the hospital in 2011 alleging religious discrimination and seeking a minimum of $650,000. The case is now set for trial in July.
The hospital argues that veganism is not a religion.
Requiring employees to get a flu shot is standard at many hospitals because of their close contact with vulnerable patients, but the practice can be controversial.


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  • by Lori Location: Lansing on Jan 24, 2013 at 02:12 PM
    No one should be forced to get a flu shot. First of all, it's a violation of rights. Secondly, the flu shot does not prevent one from catching every form of influenza. This is just one more way in which our rights are slowly being stripped away.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 at 09:08 PM
    I believe that we as Americans have the right to decide what goes in our bodies. And now a days I wouldn't be too enthusiastic to be injected with anything the govt. has to offer. We still have the freedom to choose...for the time being anyways.
  • by Kelly Location: Lansing on Jan 17, 2013 at 03:55 PM
    While the chances of her winning her lawsuit are slim to none, I sincerely hope she does. The mandatory flu shot policies are completely asanine for a myriad of reasons, primarily that the flu shot DOESN'T WORK!
  • by Mark Location: Okemos on Jan 17, 2013 at 03:42 PM
    What a shame that only 99% of attorneys give all the rest of them such a bad name.
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