On Thursday, a Washington D.C. district court judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing the Biden administration from firing or disciplining unvaccinated employees.
According to Fox News, both civilian and active-duty military plaintiffs had sued the administration for not granting them religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccines.
“None of the civilian employee plaintiffs will be subject to discipline while his or her request for a religious exception is pending,” District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly declared in a minute order.
Additionally, the judge ruled “active duty military plaintiffs, whose religious exception requests have been denied, will not be disciplined or separated during the pendency of their appeals.”
The court also mandated the Biden administration to file a supplemental notice by noon on Friday demonstrating that they agree that no plaintiff will be terminated or disciplined amid the ongoing ruling.
On Sunday, twenty plaintiffs sued Biden and his administration over the president’s executive order issued last month for federal employees.
“The Biden administration has shown an unprecedented, cavalier attitude toward the rule of law and an utter ineptitude at basic constitutional contours,” the plaintiffs’ attorney Michael Yoder said in a statement to Fox News.
“This combination is dangerous to American liberty,” he argued. “Thankfully, our Constitution protects and secures the right to remain free from religious persecution and coercion. With this order, we are one step closer to putting the Biden administration back in its place by limiting government to its enumerated powers. It’s time citizens and courts said no to tyranny. The Constitution does not need to be rewritten, it needs to be reread.”
The lawsuit comes as more states are taking legal action against the federal mandates.
On the same day as the ruling, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that his state is suing the Biden administration over the vaccine mandates.