United States military service members have been demoted, harassed, abused and threatened by superiors for seeking religious exemptions to the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a federal class-action lawsuit alleges. One Air Force technical sergeant—seven months pregnant—who requested exemption faces court martial if she doesn’t take the shots, the suit says.
Nearly two dozen service members, federal employees and contractors filed suit
Oct. 15 in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against President Joseph R. Biden, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Homeland Security chief Alejandro Mayorkas. The suit seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against the U.S. military’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate issued in August. It says the mandate violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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