Minn. Nurse's Flu Shot Objection Not Religious, Court Rules.


A Minnesota nurse who was fired from her job at a hospital after refusing to get a flu shot has no right to receive unemployment benefits because she failed to prove her objections were religious in nature, a state court has ruled.

Robyn L. Potter, a part-time nurse at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, objected to a policy by the hospital's owners, Essentia Health, that all employees receive flu shots unless they had valid medical or religious exemptions.

Potter claimed an exemption, saying that her Roman Catholic faith teaches her that the body should be "blemish free." Hospital officials, however, decided that her objection was a matter of "personal preference" and denied it. When Potter refused to get the shot, she was fired.

Potter later applied for unemployment benefits, but was denied. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development ruled...

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