Vaccine Refusal Can't Nix Unemployment Benefits: NJ Court

Law360, New York (June 5, 2014, 7:58 PM EDT) -- The New Jersey Appellate Division on Thursday reversed a decision denying unemployment benefits to a registered nurse who was fired by a hospital for refusing to submit to a flu vaccination without seeking a religious exemption, saying the flu-vaccination policy violated her First Amendment rights.

The appeals court found that June G. Valent’s former employer, Hackettstown Community Hospital, did not prove that she committed misconduct by refusing to submit to the flu vaccination for purely secular reasons, and reversed a decision by the state’s Board of...
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