Former “General Hospital” actor Ingo Rademacher has filed a lawsuit against ABC, arguing that the network's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, which last month cost him his job on the daytime soap opera, is unconstitutional and amounts to religious discrimination, Variety reported on Monday.

Rademacher, who played Jasper “Jax” Jacks for nearly 25 years on "General Hospital," is reportedly being represented by attorney John W. Howard, who has filed other lawsuits challenging vaccine mandates. 

According to the lawsuit, the actor sought a religious exemption from the coronavirus mandate, which ABC rejected. 


“I am entitled to a religious exemption against mandatory vaccination for COVID-19 on the basis of my deeply and sincerely held moral belief that my body is endowed by my creator with natural processes to protect me and that its natural integrity cannot ethically be violated by the administration of artificially created copies of genetic material, foreign to nature and experimental,” Rademacher wrote in an October email to Disney’s human resources department.

Rademacher’s lawsuit says an interview he had with an HR attorney at Disney “was more akin to cross-examination.”

The actor’s suit argues that the company is required to honor his religious exemption and that questioning the sincerity of his beliefs amounts to religious discrimination, Variety reported. 

Rademacher also claims ABC’s vaccine mandate violates his right to privacy.

“This should not be a political issue,” Rademacher’s suit states. “There is no need for everybody to get the COVID-19 shot, even if the president demands it.”

Rademacher’s former colleague Steve Burton was also fired from the show last month after refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate.

In an Instagram post, Burton said he applied for religious and medical exemptions, but the company denied his requests, Variety noted.