The Federal Appeals Court of New Orleans has suspended mandatory vaccination against coronavirus in companies with 100 or more employees, The Washington Post writes. Earlier, such an order was issued by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden.

The panel of three judges confirmed its previous decision on this issue on November 6. According to the court opinion, the requirement of the Ministry of Labor “significantly exceeds the statutory powers of the Labor Protection Department.” “The order looks not like a scalpel used carefully, but like a sledgehammer that strikes without taking into account specifics,” they wrote.

According to the judges, the ruling entails an additional financial burden for business, threatens to destroy the workforce, forcing employees to vaccinate, do tests or quit, which potentially violates the U.S. Constitution.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has ordered all companies with a staff of more than 100 people to vaccinate employees against COVID-19 by January 4, 2022, or require unvaccinated employees to take a coronavirus test at least once a week.

The authorities of 11 states filed a lawsuit against the introduction of mandatory vaccination for employees of large companies.