Federal Employees Fight COVID Vaccine Mandates in Court

Federal Employees Fight COVID Vaccine Mandates in Court

With a looming deadline of Nov. 22, 2021, thousands of federal employees and contractors continue to push back against the Biden administration’s sweeping COVID vaccine mandates. According to The Washington Post, tens of thousands of federal employees remain unvaccinated pending word on whether religious or medical exemptions will be approved.

Federal employees who fail to comply by Nov. 22, including those who are teleworking, “are in violation of a lawful order” and are “subject to discipline, up to and including termination or removal.”1

Grassroots Organizations Lead Charge in Pursuing Legal Action Against Federal COVID Vaccine Mandate

Two large grassroots organizations headed by and comprised of federal employees are leading the charge in legal efforts challenging the federal government’s action to mandate COVID vaccine in the workplace. The organization Federal Employees for Freedom (FEFF) is preparing to pursue litigation against the federal government on behalf of thousands of federal employees by filing a lawsuit through the Health Freedom Defense Fund and Davillier Law Group.

FEFF has several online platforms, including a website and social media groups, which augments communication among employees and provides updates on ongoing lawsuits.

The second organization, Feds for Medical Freedom (F4MF), filed a first lawsuit with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The legal complaint was filed on Oct. 19 on behalf of federal employees from several agencies including the Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security.2

The Department of Homeland Security has more than 20 employees listed in the lawsuit, more than any other federal organization. Feds for Medical Freedom requested the court block Biden’s mandatory COVID vaccination policy from going into effect.3

The lawsuit, which has more than 50 plaintiffs, cites ethical concerns surrounding the mandate, such as the government unlawfully inquiring about an employee’s medical history.2

Plaintiffs also cite studies reporting that both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals can spread COVID-19. As many lawyers, medical professionals and politicians have done, the complaint questions the lack of consideration for those who have natural immunity to the virus, which has been shown to be just as effective if not more effective than vaccine acquired immunity.4

Federal Employees Seek Religious Exemptions to COVID Vaccine Mandates

Thousands of federal employees are seeking religious exemptions and a smaller number are seeking medical exemptions to the government’s COVID vaccine mandate. Despite the upcoming Nov. 22 deadline, employees cannot be summarily fired if they are pending exemption approval or denial. If an exemption is granted, unvaccinated employees must wear a mask, follow social distancing protocols, and be tested regularly.1

Questions remain for both the private and public sector surrounding the legality of denying a religious exemption under the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act states that employers must provide “reasonable accommodation” for those objecting to a job requirement based upon their faith. A religious belief is defined as a “sincerely held” belief.1

Veterans Administration to Dismiss Unvaccinated Employees who Pose a Risk

Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough stated that while the agency will not “question the legitimacy of an employee’s religious exemption,” the agency can and will dismiss unvaccinated employees who pose a risk to the health of veterans.1

As of Oct. 20, no religious exemptions had been granted for military members despite Pentagon press secretary John Kirby stating earlier this year:

We take freedom of religion and worship seriously, in the military, it’s one of the things that we sign up to defend, and so it’s something that’s done very carefully.5

Class Action Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of All Military Branches Disputing COVID Vaccine Mandates

On Oct. 15, a class action lawsuit6 disputing the federal COVID vaccine mandate was filed. At the same time, a request for a temporary restraining order and injunction7 against President Biden, Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was filed on behalf of members from all five branches of the military, as well federal employees and contractors. The lawsuit states:

Our citizens in uniform may not be stripped of basic rights simply because they doffed their civilian clothes.6

Court Rules Temporary Hold on Mandate for Private Businesses

A federal appeals panel placed a temporary hold on Biden’s Executive Order, which requires businesses with over 100 employees to implement a COVID vaccine mandate. However, this temporary hold applies only to the private sector. The New York Times reports that the court ruling is a sign that the Biden administration may be facing an uphill battle.8 A separate lawsuit was also filed in the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis by 11 states including Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Utah.

Attorney General Ken Paxton of Texas tweeted:

The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!8

The White House urged businesses to proceed with the mandate despite the court order.9 In October, the Biden administration rejected a district court order that would halt the discipline of military employees who pursue legal action over denied religious exemptions.

Attorney Michael Yoder stated:

The Biden administration has shown an unprecedented cavalier attitude toward the rule of law and an utter ineptitude at basic constitutional contours.10


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Click here to view References:

1 Rein L, Duncan I, Horton A. Nearing Monday coronavirus vaccine deadline, thousands of federal workers seek religious exemptions to avoid shots. The Washington Post Nov. 7, 2021.
2 Dan Altschuld et al., v. Gina Raimondo et al. United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Complaint. Filed Oct. 19, 2021.
3 Giaratelli A. New coalition of federal employees dues Biden over vaccine mandate. Washington Examiner Oct. 25, 2021.
4 Hobley N. Senators, doctors urge CDC to recognize natural immunity. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 25, 2021.
5 Hobley N. U.S. Marines not fully vaccinated by Nov. 28, 2021 will be dismissed. The Vaccine Reaction Nov. 1, 2021.
6 Navy Seal 1 et al. v. Joseph R. Biden et al. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida. Plaintiff’s motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction with memorandum of law in support. Filed Oct. 15, 2021.
7 Navy Seal 1 et al. v. Joseph R. Biden et al. United States District Court of Middle District of Florida. Verified class action complain for preliminary and permanent injunctive relief and declaratory relief. Filed Oct. 15, 2021.
8 Hirsch L, Paz I. A court temporarily blocks Biden’s vaccine mandate. The New York Times Nov. 6, 2021.
9 Kimball S. White house tells businesses to proceed with vaccine mandate despite court-ordered pause. CNBC Nov. 8, 2021.
10 Gentile L. Biden administration rejects court order to stop terminating employees seeking vaccine exemptions. Washington Examiner Oct. 29, 2021.

21 Responses to "Federal Employees Fight COVID Vaccine Mandates in Court"

  1. Ron S   November 15, 2021 at 11:14 am

    After the Cort decision.
    There will be no employees .
    They can take away our jobs.

    Is that how to run a government?
    Or a business.

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  2. Vickie Weuve   November 16, 2021 at 1:33 am

    Congress MUST put a STOP to this vaccine mandate madness by the Biden administration. This is government over reach of the worst kind! We the people will not be forced by a tyrant who is trying to destroy America!

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  3. Vicki   November 16, 2021 at 1:44 am

    Let the fascist insurgents and their treasonous president just try to run these fed agencies and their insurrection isn’t coup without tens of thousands of workers dismissed and fired.
    let

    Let our brave military men and women who are kicked out go and bring their expertise and service to the country’s militias.

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    • Jennifer   November 17, 2021 at 7:25 pm

      If this was really about public health and safety, they would allow contingencies for natural immunity, but they aren’t doing so.

      If this was really about public health and safety, the vaccine, which has now been proven to NOT prevent spread, wouldn’t be the only answer to protect the workforce. They would consider telework options as reasonable accommodations and they would accept weekly testing for federal employees, but they aren’t doing that.

      If those that receive the COVID-19 vaccine can still get the virus and can still spread the virus, then this isn’t a “vaccine” in the traditionally understood sense of the word and the unvaccinated are no more of threat to anyone than the vaccinated are a threat. Therefore, it would make sense that the only logical way to protect the workforce would be to require testing for EVERYONE, the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. This would be the only effective measure to ensure that the spread would be minimized.

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  4. BMC Redirect   November 16, 2021 at 2:57 am

    FREEDOM OF VACCINE CHOICE, NO MATTER WHAT!

    This is where The Rubber Hits the Road!

    Fight this with everything you got!

    Praise God from whom all Good Things Flow!

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  5. Kenvee Daniel   November 16, 2021 at 4:31 am

    I would like to join the lawsuit.

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  6. Karen A ONeill   November 16, 2021 at 7:14 am

    An individual who worked during Covid w/out vax being available was able to work with a mask on. Why can’t an individual remain unvaxed and wear a mask with others who are vaxed? And yet Congress is exempt from the mandate? And the vax is only effective for a few months and we need boosters? Why take something into your body not fully researched, is proven not to be what they thought. A slippery slope for sure. In time, it will be mandated vax for this and that. Mandated abortions for fetuses with lifelong health issues? A gene noting gay will you ban that fetus born? Injections so not as to give birth for reasons such as age or ability to pay for said child?

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  7. Julie Loncar   November 16, 2021 at 10:31 am

    How can I join the lawsuit?

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  8. Sandy   November 16, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    These COVID mRNA shots will KILL everyone who gets them within hours to 5 years after getting these shots per ex-Pfizer chief scientist, Dr. Michael Yeadon, Dr. V. Zelenko, Dr. Carrie Madej, Dr. Sean Brooks, and the mRNA inventor himself, Dr. Robert Malone. This is mostly due to the graphene oxide in all the vials that create blood clots in the lungs, hearts, and brain. Those who got the shot can take their camera on their phone and hover it over the vaccination site to see their digital, legal “ownership barcode,” that shows they are legally owned by vaccine patent owners. Madej & a french scientist have seen the 3-legged parasites in about 2 out of 5 vials that self-replicate, along with nano-bots/metals that hook people’s brains to 5G & AI, turning humans into transhumanists, no longer fully human and loosing their human rights to freedom. No COVID 19 virus exists except for the one made in the lab to make the vaccines and put in the nasal swab PCR tests to vaccinate people against their knowledge and to attempt to give them brain cancer with the ethylene oxide on the tips of the swabs. Here’s the lawsuits against CDC, WHO, and Dr. Fauci that prove no COVID pandemic exists and the only purpose of the vaccines is to bring communism, dictatorship, and control onto humanity. The COVID vaccines and PCR tests have ZERO to do with health and safety and everything to do with a one-world govt. dictatorship, anti-God communist/Satanic takeover. google Leigh Dundas video on 4th Reich; beforeitsnews.com and search for “1000 attorneys;” “attorney PCR” and “COVID vaccine dangers; and Dr. Madej’s video, “Human 2.0 – a wake up call.” along with Dr. Zelenko’s and Dr. Yeadon’s video warnings on “do not take these poisonous COVID vaccines”
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=leighdundas+u-tube+4th+reich&docid=608003559231993589&mid=6500DF155BE4110A74C36500DF155BE4110A74C3&view=detail&FORM=VIRE – CA attorney, leigh Dundas video
    https://beforeitsnews.com/u-s-politics/2021/05/dr-reiner-fuellmich-heads-team-of-1100-attorneys-over-10000-medical-experts-in-legal-proceedings-against-who-world-representatives-for-crimes-against-humanity-2582413.html

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    • Adrain   November 19, 2021 at 2:06 am

      I have been harassed by co-workers that claim to do it as “friends” to hear their demand for me to bend my knee within my federal work site. I had one co-work put in her 2 weeks notice on Nov 8, 2021. She did not want to deal with the fall out of Biden, nor deal with this forced medical procedure. I have done the religious exemption. No clue how they will proceed. I have been told “you have made your statement, now you need to be flexible and get the vaccine,”
      This has been cause me to stress out. I am looking to find where I can go for legal help in this manner.

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  9. Felisa   November 16, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    There is something in the vaccines. Graphite oxide. So that the can control u. Wait and see. Is this the mark of the beast?

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  10. madpatriot8   November 16, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    When all patriots take a Stand against this fraud farce of a government we have and state that we stand for the Constitution, all of our founding documents THINGS WILL CHANGE! THAT WE WILL NOT COMPLY to communism in America or the rubbish that is being pushed against all human rights that we have! NO ONE CAN TAKE THEM FROM US! Just who do these totally anti-American fraud dEMOCRATS in DC think they are? The fact that communism DOES NOT WORK AND ANYONE HAVING FREEDOMS WILL NEVER ACCEPT THEM BEING TAKEN BY ANYONE!
    Certainly NOT idiots like Biden, Harris and anyone in the Democratic party BEING TOLD WHAT TO DO BY OWO people in the background. The Democrats must be replaced for a patriotic party who will work with all three of the Departments to reestablish our founding values!!! IT HAS TO HAPPEN NOW PEOPLE OR WE WILL SINK LIKE THE TITANIC AND NOT HAVE A VIABLE WAY BACK UP AND AWAY FROM THE EVIL OF ONE WORLD GOVERNANCE, EVEN IF WE ARE ALONE IN OUR SOVEREIGNTY.

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  11. Ashley K   November 16, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Those wanting to join the Feds 4 Medical Freedom lawsuit:
    to sign up for the BGA lawsuit: 1. Pay the $325 retainer through GiveSendGo – https://givesendgo.com/Feds4medfreedom
    2. And then upload the receipt as you complete the intake form attached. Anywhere it has a “choose” dropdown, you need to write “true” or “false”. Email completed, signed, and scanned forms to feds4freedom@protonmail.com. For all those with a google account, please continue to use this link – https://forms.gle/3ut57iK49ZxVS2Nw8. Thanks!

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  12. Hans Gruber   November 16, 2021 at 8:47 pm

    To learn more about our legal efforts against the mandate, please visit f4mf.org

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  13. Jennifer   November 17, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    I would like to join the lawsuit – I’m a federal employee, a veteran with diagnosed PTSD, and this entire situation has triggered many PTSD symptoms – not having control and autonomy over my own body once again.

    Unions aren’t fighting for the employees like they should be on this. And having to disclose my medical information to the agency instead of the EDI branch meant to handle this, is absolutely horrific,

    Was just told today that the agency will be making the decision, not the EDI OFFICE that is supposed to oversee the agency compliance with the Executive Order and the EEO policies and principles. So the agency sees everything and is supposed to oversee itself???? How does this make sense?

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  14. Milton K Beer   November 18, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Most likely could layoff half of the Federal Employees and the public would see little difference in their lives. Did you ever stop and think about how little you actually get for the taxes you pay ?

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  15. Peace   November 20, 2021 at 10:14 am

    Biden administration faces countless of legal disputes. 🤷‍♀️🙄

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  16. Data detective   November 22, 2021 at 11:04 am

    Fact check.
    Madparot8.
    Not all democrats support employment vaccine mandate.
    Few states with Democrat governors and or Democrat attorney general have apposed Biden vaccine mandate.

    In Illinois SB1169 allowed Covid vaccine and mask mandates passed with 88% Democrats Y. Not counting NV. And 0% Republican Y.

    IL SB2265 passed 100% allowed nurceing home resident to refuse psychology medicine.
    88% of democrats don’t see vaccines the same way as pharmacy drugs.

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  17. Bogart   November 22, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    I would like to join a lawsuit for requiring federal contractors to receive the vaccine. My company claims they are a federal contractor and I have until 1/4/22 to be vaccinated.

    If I do not comply I will have 30 days of “education.” If I am still not vaccinated on 2/4/22, I am forced into a 60 day non-paid leave.

    If I a still am not vaccinated, to quote my company “I will be making a choice to leave the company”. This means no unemployment.

    If anyone knows of a lawsuit I can join, please advise.

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  18. Ron S   November 27, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Biden wants unvaccinated people to retire.
    Unvaccinated people want Biden and 88% of the Democratics that support vaccine mandates to retire.

    Reply

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