A Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a decision that denied EI benefits to an Ontario man who lost his job because he did not take the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons.

Robin Francis, who was working at a health care centre in Ontario, lost his job in Oct. 2021 because he refused the vaccine. When he applied for Employment Insurance, he was denied benefits, which the court said in a Nov. 2 decision was in line with the Employment Insurance Act, deeming Mr. Francis’s behaviour as “misconduct.”

“The applicant was dismissed by his employer on the ground that he refused to comply with the employer’s mandatory policy to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination,” justices Judith Woods, John Laskin, and Siobhan Monaghan wrote. “The applicant had requested an exemption from the policy based on creed but the employer denied this request.”

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