CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a dozen health care employees are seeking class-action status in a lawsuit against the NorthShore University Health System, after they were denied religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

Liberty Counsel filed the suit in US. District Court on behalf of the 14 workers.

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The suit said NorthShore had already begun removing unvaccinated workers from the November schedule despite “sincere religious objections” to vaccination – including workers whose appeals were still pending.

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The lawsuit asks a court to grant a temporary restraining order by Sunday, and said otherwise, NorthShore will remove all the affected employees from the schedule the following day.

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The plaintiffs’ religious objections include strong objection to abortion and claims that all COVID-19 vaccines are connected to aborted fetal cell lines.

CBS 2 Chicago Staff