A federal district court in Cincinnati has refused to dismiss a case
in which a hospital customer service representative who was fired for
refusing to get a flu shot contended she was entitled to religious
accommodation because of her veganism.
According to the ruling in Sakile S. Chenzira v. Cincinnati Children’s
Hospital Medical Center, Ms. Chenzira, a vegan, was discharged in
December 2010 for refusing to take a flu shot, which is derived from
“Plaintiff contends such discharge violated her religious and
philosophical convictions because she is a vegan,” said the Dec. 27
However, the hospital argued that veganism “is no more than a dietary
preference or religious philosophy,” said the ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel said the case cannot be
dismissed at this point.
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