14 January 2013

Vegan fired over refusing a flu shot will get her day in court

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.

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Philadelphia, PA Stephanie is an eco-conscious vegan from Philadelphia, PA. She has a degree in Communications and Technical Theater, and is currently the communications specialist at an area nonprofit. She recently finished a year serving with AmeriCorps, and spends her free time playing with her adopted dogs and her rescued cats.

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