Washington, DC, April 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — On March 23, Children’s Health Defense (CHD) and attorney Robert Meltzer of the Mountain States Law Group of Concord, Massachusetts, filed a lawsuit against the University of Boston on behalf of Caitlin Corrigan, a New York City resident who held a scholarship in a master’s degree program to attend Boston University School of Theology.
As noted in the complaint filed in the United States District Court in Boston, Ms Corrigan was suspended from her studies at Boston University after the school failed to accommodate her disability, which ‘she considers medically private, preventing her from complying with her/COVID-19 testing protocol. The school required a specific testing regime that provided no alternative protocol for those who could not comply with the university-mandated testing method.
The lawsuit, filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accuses Boston University of not only refusing to provide an alternate testing method to accommodate Ms Corrigan’s disability, but also of engaging in the interactive process required to obtain accommodation, and otherwise failed to provide an effective, comprehensive and meaningful grievance process. The complaint seeks a declaratory judgment of the illegality of Boston University’s actions and seeks to compel future legal compliance. Unspecified damages are also sought.
A September 18, 2021, Boston Globe article profiled Ms. Corrigan, highlighting her efforts to help thousands of people gain religious exemptions to vaccines, including the COVID vaccine. The next day, Boston University informed Ms. Corrigan that it had no alternative to the school’s COVID testing protocol.
“The trend of the past two years to impose experimental health protocols on young people with no concern for their safety cannot be tolerated,” said CHD President and General Counsel Mary Holland. “Children are an investment in our future, not laboratories for experimentation in a time of unprecedented and arbitrary restrictions and demands.”
This lawsuit challenges Boston University’s right to act with impunity when it harms students who have gone there to learn how to be the leaders of tomorrow.
“It is imperative that Boston University be held accountable when it fails to act within established legal standards,” Holland said. “It’s ironic that the same school the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. attended, and of which the school is justifiably proud, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act with such contempt.”
Children’s Health Defense is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its mission is to end child health epidemics by working aggressively to eliminate harmful exposures, hold those responsible accountable, and establish safeguards to prevent future harm. For more information, visit ChildrensHealthDefense.org.