A civil rights lawsuit has been filed against Southern California community colleges by a team of workers and a student challenging vaccine, mask and test orders aimed at preventing COVID-19 from spreading to campus.
The lawsuit, filed March 30 in federal court in San Diego, names San Diego Community College District, Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District, and South Orange County College District. Regions are currently requiring staff and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 on campus and in indoor masks. In some cases, unvaccinated students and staff may need to be tested once or twice a week.
The lawsuit alleges that schools did not have the authority to adopt such widespread mandates and also ignored or failed to adequately accommodate staff and students seeking religious beliefs or medical exemptions.
The plaintiffs are two employees in Grossmont County, two employees and a student in the San Diego area, and two employees in Orange County. Due to “deep religious beliefs or medical conditions”, they may or may not want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the lawsuit states.
They also oppose “the burdensome testing and coverage requirements imposed on them,” he added.
The employees and the student demand not only that a jury trial be held, but that the judge take more immediate action by issuing a temporary ban and precautionary measures against the orders.
Representatives of the three districts either refused to speak to the Union-Tribune about the pending trial as a policy issue or did not respond to a request for comment last week.
The lawsuit, along with hundreds of others, has been filed over the past two years across the country – against schools, as well as private and government employers – challenging vaccine orders and other pandemic reactions.
Legal experts have previously said that employers can generally impose such vaccines, but must make individual assessments for religious and medical exemptions and make reasonable arrangements. Pandemic-era lawsuits have issued mixed rulings in the courts, and the issues they raise are likely to be filtered in the appellate courts.
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