Employer Backs out of Vaccine Religious Discrimination
NEW YORK, NY — We at Atheists for Liberty, a non-profit non-partisan organization, are happy to declare victory on the Vaccine Mandate Equality project.
This project began during the Covid-19 pandemic and continued after various states began to impose vaccine mandates on their citizens. Many Americans, both religious and not, were given the ultimatum to get the Covid vaccine or face unjust consequences that would result in monetary, physical, and emotional loss.
Upon backlash, many states extended religious individuals the option to get a religious exemption to the Covid-19 vaccine. Atheists for Liberty saw this as an overt violation of the separation of church and state guaranteed by our First Amendment rights in the Constitution, and created the Vaccine Mandate Equality Project. We sought to fight for all American atheists and vaguely religious peoples’ right to choose or deny vaccination.
Our team at Atheists for Liberty onboarded Patrick Wilmers, an official plaintiff for the Vaccine Mandate Equality project, who was employed at Verizon Wireless. Mr. Wilmers faced termination due to vaccination noncompliance that would’ve gravely affected him and his family. Atheists for Liberty drafted a letter alongside attorneys with intent to sue due to religious discrimination for offering exemptions to only religious peoples.
Mr. Wilmers states, “I have received confirmation from my employers at Verizon Wireless that I will be able to maintain my job…Throughout this process, Atheists for Liberty fiercely dedicated themselves to their fight against overt religious discrimination and First Amendment violations.”
Atheists for Liberty will continue to fight for the separation of church and state for all Americans.