Two office workers who were fired from a social service agency last month for refusing to get a flu shot or wear a mask in their corporate headquarters have filed suit against the company, claiming its new flu-prevention policy is discriminatory and unconstitutional.
The suit, filed in Superior Court in Burlington County Monday
morning, contends Lutheran Social Ministries of New Jersey violated the
state's Law Against Discrimination for penalizing the women, Alanda
Watson and Denise Mercurius, after they sought an exemption from the
mandatory flu shot on religious grounds.
The women claim the agency also retaliated against them — violating
the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, the state's whistleblower law
— after their case was profiled by NJ Advance Media and other news outlets.
Watson, 36, of Willingboro, and Mercurius, 45, of Maple Shade, say
the alternative to the shot — wearing a surgical mask in an office where
they have no contact with patients — is both ineffective and punitive READ MORE
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