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O’Gorman sues OSHA over COVID-19 vaccine mandate

Published: Nov. 5, 2021 at 11:12 AM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - Sioux Falls Bishop O’Gorman High School has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the legal organization representing O’Gorman, says it is representing other faith-based schools across the country. The ADF held a media conference Friday to speak about its decision to move forward with the lawsuit.

“Under our constitution, the federal government plays an important role but that role is a limited role. The federal government should not interfere with the religious institution’s employment practices or with its ministry which this mandate does,” David Cortman said, the Vice President of U.S. Litigation.

The ADF believes OSHA does not have a right to mandate vaccines, citing religious freedom. The lawsuit, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary v. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, alleges that the Biden administration lacks jurisdiction to dictate employment practices to religious institutions.

“That’s not what O.S.H.A. was developed for. People themselves are not workplace hazards. They should not be governing this area,” Cortman said.

26 states, including South Dakota, have also joined lawsuits against the vaccine mandate.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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