Trinity Well being Grand Rapids, previously often known as Mercy Well being St. Mary’s, a hospital and member of the Trinity Well being-Michigan well being system, agreed to pay $50,000 and supply different aid to settle a spiritual discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC), the federal company introduced in the present day.
In accordance with the EEOC’s lawsuit, Trinity Well being violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by rescinding a job supply to an applicant who, for spiritual causes, refused to obtain a flu vaccine. Beneath Trinity Well being’s influenza coverage, which has since been rescinded, staff have been required to get a flu shot on an annual foundation until granted an exemption. Whereas the applicant’s conditional job supply for the place of business-office coordinator was pending, he utilized for an exemption to the flu-shot requirement primarily based on his spiritual beliefs. Trinity unlawfully denied his request and rescinded the job supply, the EEOC mentioned.
Such alleged conduct violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits spiritual discrimination. The EEOC filed swimsuit (EEOC v. Trinity Well being-Michigan, d/b/a Mercy Well being St. Mary’s, Case No. 1:23-cv-00435) in U.S. District Court docket for the Western District of Michigan after first trying to achieve a pre-litigation settlement by way of its administrative conciliation course of.
Beneath the consent decree settling the swimsuit, Trinity Well being is enjoined from failing to rent candidates due to their sincerely held spiritual beliefs in opposition to taking the flu vaccine or denying spiritual exemptions from vaccination sooner or later, until doing so would pose an undue hardship. The hospital will even practice human assets and senior management crew members on the hospital on Title VII’s spiritual protections for candidates and staff. As well as, the applicant will obtain $11,348 in again pay together with $38,651 in non-economic damages.
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