Could veganism be a religious belief? A federal district court in Ohio thinks that it could be. Sakile S. Chenzira, a vegan, was fired from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in December 2010 for refusing an egg-derived flu shot. After her termination, Ms. Chenzira filed an unlawful termination and religious discrimination suit, which the hospital attempted to get thrown out of court.
At a United States District Court in Southern Ohio on December 27, Ms. Chenzira argued that the hospital's flu shot requirement “violated her religious and philosophical convictions because she is a vegan.”
The Hospital moved to discard the case claiming that veganism “is no more than a dietary preference or religious philosophy.”
The judge agreed with the Plaintiff that the case should be heard, “The court finds it plausible that [Ms. Chenzire’s] could subscribe to veganism with a sincerity equating that of traditional religious views… The Court finds it inappropriate to dismiss [Ms. Chenzire’s] claims for religious discrimination based on her adherence to veganism.”
Read more about the case here.