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Nurses fired for refusing flu shot

Published On: Jan 30 2013 11:36:46 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 02 2013 09:43:05 AM CST
Nurses fired flu shot

Six nurses and other employees at a hospital in Indiana are out of jobs after refusing the flu shot.

The parent company of Goshen Hospital had made the vaccine mandatory, but hospice nurse Sue Schrock was among a handful of employees who filed appeals asking not to get the shot for religious reasons, South Bend TV station WSBT reported.

"I just feel like it's a toxin that I don't want in my body," she told the station. "There are side effects with that. There are no guarantees that it's even going to protect you."

Oncology nurse Joyce Gingerich fought the same battle for similar reasons.

The hospital denied their initial appeals and a second filed in November.

Hospital spokeswoman Melanie McDonald told WSBT that a committee reviewed each religious appeal according to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines.

"If it were religious beliefs as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission, they would not have been terminated," she said. "Sometimes there can be a little bit of gray area and people who have very personally held beliefs will present those as religious opportunities for exemption."  

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