Rockmond Dunbar was forced to leave the hit TV series “9-1-1” last fall after he refused to comply with COVID-19 vaccination mandates on set. The actor claimed he applied for religious and medical accommodations to receive an exemption. Those were denied, and Dunbar was fired from the show.
The actor said that it was not only his sincerely held religious belief to not get a vaccine but that he also refused because his private medical history precludes him from being inoculated. The studio had no choice but to let him go. Rockmond Dunbar simply refused to follow the protocols.
Dunbar is now suing 20th Century Fox and Disney on grounds of racial and religious discrimination after his ouster. Rockmond claims that he was the only male lead actor on the set who is black. The actor says the dismissal has damaged his ability to get acting roles, according to TMZ.
Rockmond is seeking financial damages from the studio. Dunbar believes he is being blackballed from Hollywood and has been painted as an anti-vaxxer. A judge will now have to make a ruling on whether he’s right.
It could be that Rockmond Dunbar is painting himself as an anti-vaxxer, as he has not cited any paperwork showing that as a Muslim he is unable to be vaccinated. Additionally, no information on what health risks he would face from vaccination has been made available. The part about being blackballed is likely caused by an inability for studios to use unvaccinated actors rather than race.
We will have to see what the judge thinks of the matter. Rockmond Dunbar could have simply received two injections and kept his job. This might turn out to be the wrong hill for his career to die on.
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