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Just weeks after Nuvance Health issued a COVID-19 vaccine mandate, a class action complaint was filed against the system.  Hearst Connecticut Media reports that the grievance was filed over the denial of many religious exemption requests.  Connecticut Health Care Associates union represents about 16-hundred workers at Danbury, New Milford, and Norwalk hospitals.  The union claims Nuvance violated the non-discrimination clause of the employee contract.  Grievances, filed between the union and an employer, are considered class action if there are more than two employees involved.  There is no test out option to the vaccine mandate.  About 2-percent of Nuvance Health employees have been placed on unpaid suspension for not being in compliance with the vaccine mandate.  All medical staff, volunteers, students and contractors needed to get at least one dose by October 1st.  Nuvance also operates Sharon, Putnam and Northern Dutchess Hospitals and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.

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