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Subject:  Re: COVID Vaccine and Fetal Cell Lines Date:  9/23/2021  9:40 AM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  888527 of 888851

The question was NOT forcing the vaccination or set safety standards but where is the authority derived to tell anyone that they must sign such a statement? It has nothing to do with setting safety standards. It's just plain bullying.

In context, this is a private party employer vaccine mandate. The employer has directed all staff that they must obtain a vaccine as a condition of their employment. Generally, absent rules or agreements to the contrary, employers have the broad authority to set the terms and conditions of employment.

The employer has chosen to allow employees to assert that they should be exempt from the general policy if they have a religious objection to the vaccine. The employer is requiring this statement in order to determine whether the claimed religious objection is legitimate or pretextual. There's a massive amount of rules under the various federal and state anti-discrimination laws about how and when they can do this. But as a super-broad threshold matter, employers are allowed to make a limited inquiry into whether the facts and circumstances of an employee’s claim that a belief or practice at issue is actually religious and sincerely held.

So when an employer claims that they want to avoid a responsibility of their employment based on a claim religious belief, the employer probably has the authority to ask for some modicum of evidence that the professed religious belief is sincerely held and is not merely being asserted for the purpose of avoiding the requirement of their employment.

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