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Los Alamos National Laboratory sued over COVID-19 vaccine requirement

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) could be taken to court for mandating its employees receive vaccines against COVID-19 after a group of workers filed a lawsuit against the lab’s primary contractor Triad National Security. 

The suit stemmed from the denial of applications for medical or religious exemptions from the vaccine requirement filed by employees of the lab since it announced they would be required to be vaccinated in August. 

In an executive order filed by President Joe Biden, all federal employees including those that work at federal facilities around the country, will be required to be fully vaccinated by Dec. 8. 

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But in the lawsuit, the Los Alamos employees contended they were unduly denied exemptions and forced to be vaccinated, harassed by email and text reminders to get a vaccine, and threatened with termination if they failed to receive their shots.