New Yorkers for Religious Liberty is an organization committed to the furtherance of religious liberty in New York City in the face of municipal attacks on the constitutional rights of religious people to exercise their religious liberty freely.
On February 10, 2022, NYFRL and various individual plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against New York City challenging the unconstitutional denial of religious exemptions to its multitude of COVID-19 vaccine mandates. The individual plaintiffs are representative of thousands of New York City firefighters, police officers, sanitation workers, corrections officers, parks and recreation employees, private sector employees, and virtually every individual legally employed in New York City.
There are over 130 separate COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York City, covering literally every type of worker in our city. Exemptions have been made available to large groups of workers, including athletes, artists, and entertainers of all sorts, including adult entertainers. Yet, despite the existance of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, virtually no exemptions have been granted to those who object to the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds.
On September 13, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit consolidated the NYFRL lawsuit with Kane v. de Blasio, which had specifically challenged the Department of Education COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Further information relevant to the lawsuit is available below.
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