A former Ohio hospital worker has filed a lawsuit after she was fired for refusing to get a flu shot because she's vegan.
Sakile Chenzira was a longtime customer service representative at Cincinnati Chidlren's Hospital. She was fired in December 2010 after refusing to get the shot because she doesn't believe in consuming any animal products.
The flu vaccine contains a small amount of egg protein.
Chenzira filed a lawsuit against the hospital in 2011 alleging religious discrimination and seeking a minimum of $650,000. The case is now set for trial in July.
It’s been a particularly rough flu season across the country. Boston declared a public health emergency as hospitals are overwhelmed with flu cases. The illness is talking a toll here, too, and WYSO’s Emily McCord reports that public officials it’s not too late to protect yourself.