More vaccine mandates upheld by NJ and federal courts

Judges side with Newark and state universities on their coronavirus vaccine mandates

A state appellate court this week ruled to uphold Newark Mayor Ras Baraka’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for city employees. The mandate, issued in August, requires all workers to show proof of vaccination within 30 days or face discipline, including being fired. Local public worker unions filed a complaint against the city alleging unfair labor practices. The appeals court ruling sided with the city in its authority to enforce a mandate without negotiating with the unions over the policy.

Meanwhile, a federal judge also sided with Rutgers University, declining to overrule the college’s vaccine mandate. The ruling tosses out a request for a temporary restraining order from several students. That decision comes as five students from The College of New Jersey are suing the school over the requirement, which has no opt-outs. In the lawsuit, the students claim they’re being discriminated against, despite having medical or religious vaccine exemptions.

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