Ascension Healthcare temporarily blocked from firing Oklahoma employees because of the wax mandate

The state of Oklahoma has been granted a temporary restraint blocking Ascension Healthcare from firing employees who have been denied religious exemptions from the company’s coronavirus vaccination mandate.

The State Attorney General’s Office confirmed that the order was given Friday night by a Tulsa County District Judge, according to FOX 25 in Oklahoma City.

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The Office issued the following statement:

“Tonight, the Tulsa District Court granted the state’s application for temporary stay in our case to prevent Ascension Healthcare from carrying out its plan to fire employees who were unfairly denied religious exemptions from their nationwide COVID-19 vaccination mandate. This is a victory for religious freedom and our office will continue to fight against illegal religious discrimination. “

Oklahoma’s Secretary of Justice John O’Connor (USA TODAY NETWORK via Reuters Connect / Reuters Photos)

Ascension had planned Friday to suspend employees who have been denied a religious exemption and fire them Jan. 4 unless they are vaccinated, according to court documents.

“We will not tolerate any form of religious discrimination against Oklahomans seeking reasonable adjustments from vaccine mandates based on their sincere religious beliefs,” Oklahoma Justice Minister John O’Connor said.

“No Oklahoman should be forced to choose between a vaccine and their job when it comes to violating their sincere religious beliefs,” O’Connor added.

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Ascension operates hospitals and health facilities in 19 states and the District of Columbia.

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