Ex-professor sues community college for firing on religious grounds over refusal to get COVID vaccine

Vaccine mandates have been challenged across the state of Massachusetts and relatively few exemptions have been granted.
By: | June 9, 2022

A former health professor at Springfield Technical Community College is suing the school after she was fired for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds.

Sheryl Fullen, of Wales, filed a $50,000 lawsuit in Hampden Superior Court on Monday after bucking the statewide vaccine mandate community colleges installed in September. The complaint alleges religious discrimination, multiple civil rights violations and names the college and human resources director Vannoch Sin as defendants.

Fullen was an associate professor in the School of Health and Patient Simulation, as well as the chairwoman of medical imaging and radiological technologies, when she was fired Jan. 25 after 14 years on the faculty, according to the complaint. The lawsuit says Fullen pursued a religious exemption based on her strongly held Christian beliefs against abortion.