The rules, released Thursday, mandate that private employers with more than 100 workers require their staffers be vaccinated or tested weekly for COVID-19. An additional 17 million workers at health care facilities that receive federal medical funding would have to be vaccinated.
The legal challenge questions whether the Occupational and Safety Health administration overstepped its authority by issuing the rule and whether it conflicts with the First Amendment and other religious protections.
The Georgia Highway Contractors Association, the Georgia Motor Trucking Association and Robinson Paving Co. each also joined the complaint.
Kemp and other Republicans have warred with the Biden administration’s vaccination strategy partly to energize conservatives upset with the mandates ahead of a tough 2022 election.
“In addition to vilifying Americans for their personal choices, Joe Biden’s vaccine mandates are unlawful and a recipe for economic disaster,” Kemp said in a statement after filing the latest lawsuit. “With inflation skyrocketing, the supply chain screeching to a halt, and job creators across the country desperately searching for more workers, Biden is pouring gasoline on a fire.”
The Democratic Party of Georgia has called the litigation a “dangerous political stunt.”