People wait in line to enter the mass vaccination site at M&T Bank Stadium and receive the Pfizer vaccine to protect against COVID-19 in Baltimore, on March 23, 2021. Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/ALM

A suit against a New Jersey health care facility will test an employer’s authority to require COVID-19 vaccinations when a worker objects for religious reasons.

Plaintiff Kenya Lawton was fired from his job after he declined to receive a coronavirus vaccine, according to the suit he filed Monday in Middlesex County Superior Court. He says his employer disregarded his claim that receiving the vaccine contradicts the teachings of his Messianic Jewish faith.

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