Sotomayor is turning down pleas from NYC workers who have lost their jobs due to the COVID vaccine mandate

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday rejected an appeal by New York workers challenging the city’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The workers include firefighters, teachers, police officers, sanitation workers and others who lost their jobs after the city denied its request for a religious exemption from the COVID vaccine mandate. They filed an emergency petition with Sotomayor, asking the court to temporarily stop the city from enforcing the vaccination mandate while the group challenges the city in a lower court.

Sotomayor declined her request without comment and did not consult her colleagues in her decision; she is not obliged.

“We are disappointed that Judge Sotomayor is willing to continue rampant religious discrimination in New York,” John Busch, labor attorney, told Fox News Digital.

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Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
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In a lawsuit in the Supreme Court last week, workers argued that New York City had violated their right “to practice their faith freely by forcing them to choose” whether or not to keep their jobs taking the vaccine against their “sincere religious beliefs”.

Attorneys for Alliance Defending Freedom, a civil rights law firm that represents workers, said in their filing that while awaiting a decision from the Second Circuit, their clients “suffer the loss of First Amendment rights and face deadlines who are forced to move out of foreclosed homes or with overdue rents, suffer from health issues from losing their city health insurance and the stress of not having a steady income, and resort to food stamps and Medicaid just to keep their families afloat.

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Demonstrators gather for a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in front of the Lincoln Memorial on January 23, 2022 in Washington.

Demonstrators gather for a rally against COVID-19 vaccine mandates in front of the Lincoln Memorial on January 23, 2022 in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)

“As we write in our emergency residency application, these city heroes have devoted their lives to serving their neighbors and running their city safely and efficiently, yet New York City officials have suspended and fired them for failing to comply with the COVID-19 outbreak. “But for athletes, entertainers and strippers, the city has found a way to relax their mandate.”

Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist workers in the lawsuit argued that the city’s “entirely discretionary” criteria for deciding whether to approve exceptions to vaccine regulations violate their religious beliefs.

“The city has never established why an unvaccinated stripper can spend hours in the vicinity of customers in an indoor setting, while a city sanitation worker can have virtually no face-to-face contact outdoors without a vaccination that goes against his religious beliefs,” reads in the letter.

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Justice of the US Supreme Court

Justice of the US Supreme Court
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The case is currently going through the US Circuit Court of Appeals, meaning the workers could wait months for the court to decide their fate.

Fox News’ Bill Mears and Shannon Bream contributed to this report.

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