The lawsuits challenging the COVID-19 vaccine authorization in the Biden administration jobs will be consolidated in the 6th District Court in Cincinnati, the federal justice panel ruled on Tuesday.
The transfer brings together 34 actions seeking the annulment of an order issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency on 5 November for organizations with 100 or more employees.
The mandate, an “emergency measure due to take effect on January 4,” has come under criticism from religious and secular employers. Religious entities say they oppose giving conscience to government representatives to enforce the demand; private secular employers have complained about costs and labor disruption.
The rules require either proof of vaccination for each worker or mandatory camouflage and weekly testing for those who do not have an injection.
“The decision by the Biden administration to prescribe vaccines under OSHA’s emergency rule is illegal and forces employers, like our customers, to interfere with the personal health decisions of their employees,” said Ryan Bangert, a lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, which represents several nonprofits. faith-based plaintiffs.
“We are pleased to have two key cases in District 6 in addition to those in other districts, and we look forward to continuing our litigation to ensure that a private employer is not forced to act as a government agent to coerce their employees,” Bangert added.
On Friday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal continued to suspend its vaccine authorization by cutting a statement that the federal mandate was “grossly beyond OSHA’s statutory authority.”
Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt, who writes for the panel, called the OSHA order “one size sled that hardly attempts to explain differences in jobs (and workers) that are more than insignificant to workers. the mandate seeks to address. “
The surgeon, General Vivek Murthy, told Fox News Sunday that holding the mandate would “protect workers” and “ultimately help us” in the fight against COVID-10 “it would be a setback to public health” if federal courts continue to block OSHA. rule, he said.
There was no immediate response from the Department of Labor or the Department of Justice when The Washington Times asked for comment on the consolidation decision.