New Yorkers for Religious Liberty is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting religious freedom in New York City as it comes under attack from policies such as the COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Alliance Defending Freedom is serving as co-counsel for the organization, representing firefighters, building inspectors, police officers, EMTs, teachers, sanitation workers, and other New Yorkers.
Many of these hardworking people saw New York City violate their constitutional rights, and many of them are still suffering the consequences—lost jobs they haven’t recovered.
New Yorkers for Religious Liberty first sued the city of New York in February 2022. At the time, New York City had multiple COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including one that applied to all city employees.
Many New York City employees applied for exemptions from the mandate, but the city used arbitrary methods to pick and choose which employees would receive exemptions.
The mandates carved out exceptions for athletes, strippers, and entertainers, and the city favored some religious denominations over others when deciding whether to grant religious exemptions to individual employees.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that New York City had likely violated the First Amendment in its enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The court ordered the city to enforce the mandate in a constitutional way.
But New York City continued using unconstitutional standards. Read more»
Alliance Defending Freedom | “New York City Vaccine Mandate Targeted Religious Employees” | Feb 28, 2023
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