Just a month after it was announced he was no longer part of the GENERAL HOSPITAL cast, Ingo Rademacher (ex-Jax) is suing ABC over the vaccine mandate that cost him his job. When ABC/Disney implemented a vaccine mandate on Nov. 1 that required the cast and crew of their productions to have received the COVID vaccine in order to protect everyone involved, both Rademacher and castmate Steve Burton (ex-Jason) were let go from the soap for refusing to comply.
Now, Variety is reporting that Rademacher is suing ABC arguing that the COVID vaccine mandate is unconstitutional and amounts to religious discrimination. According to the lawsuit, Rademacher tried to get a religious exemption from the vaccine requirement, which GH rejected. (Burton attempted the same move and was likewise denied.)
“I am entitled to a religious exemption against mandatory vaccination for COVID-19 on the basis of my deeply and sincerely held moral belief that my body is endowed by my creator with natural processes to protect me and that its natural integrity cannot ethically be violated by the administration of artificially created copies of genetic material, foreign to nature and experimental,” Rademacher wrote in an Oct. 11 email to Disney’s HR department.
Rademacher’s suit also claims that the vaccine mandate violates his right to privacy. He is represented by John W. Howard, an attorney who has filed several lawsuits challenging vaccine mandates, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
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