How do employees get a religious exemption?

In New York State, a federal judge ruled in favor of healthcare workers rights to a religious exemption remain in place.

Governor Kathy Hochul has stated that she will appeal the order.

But now that workers can be religiously exempt, how do they get the exemption?




News Channel 8 talked to two lawyers about it.

Steven Modica, a local labor and employment law attorney, says that just because an employee asks for a religious exemption doesn’t mean they are entitled to it.

Leslie Silva, a Partner with Tully Rinckey PLLC says employers are also allowed to look at the employee critically, especially if they aren’t heavily involved in their religion or if they post political things on social media.

Past vaccinations also matter- many of the common vaccines have the same things involved as the COVID vaccines that people claim their religion is against.

Employers may also deny exemptions that can risk safety and create undue burdens.


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