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Two former Nationals employees suing organization after vaccine mandate led to firing

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The Washington Nationals are reportedly being sued by a pair of former employees who allege they were fired due to the MLB’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, according to TMZ.

The report claims that former Nationals employees, Lawrence Pardo and Brad Holman, both of whom were pitching coaches for the organization, filed a lawsuit against the organization on Monday. The lawsuit alleges the MLB’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate resulted in their wrongful firings.

Pardo and Holman both claim to have requested an exemption from the league’s vaccine mandate, which required all members of MLB organizations to have received at least one vaccine shot by Sept. 1, 2021. The pair allege they didn’t want to take the shot for religious reasons and claimed that the vaccines “were developed from or tested on aborted fetal cells.”

TMZ reports that both Pardo and Holman have identified themselves as opponents of abortion, which they used to back their request for an exemption from the vaccine, saying taking the vaccine would violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.” The team denied their request for an exemption and later fired them from their respective positions.

Holman and Pardo’s lawsuit is seeking damages from the organization, claiming they were discriminated against based upon their religious beliefs. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington D.C. on Monday against the Washington Nationals Baseball Club LLC.

This isn’t the only incident to arise within the organization regarding the league’s vaccine mandate. Earlier in the year, club Vice President, Bob Boone, who is also the father of New York Yankees skipper Aaron Boone, resigned from his role with the organization as a result of the mandate.