A New York federal judge on Tuesday temporarily blocked the state’s vaccine mandate for medical workers.
U.S. District Judge David Hurd issued an order temporarily barring the New York State Department of Health from enforcing or otherwise requiring compliance with the vaccine mandate since it does not grant religious exemptions.
A hearing for a preliminary injunction is slated for Sept. 22.
The ruling comes after a group of 17 medical workers sued the state on Monday asking to enjoin the order.
The complaint argued that the mandate violates the free exercise clause of the First Amendment as well as the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection.
The suit also argues that the mandate violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on factors such as religion, gender, race and national origin.
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