During the worst part of the covid-19 pandemic, healthcare workers who kept working and trying to save lives were hailed as heroes. Then, after the vaccine came out, the government and some employers turned on some of those heroes who refused to be vaccinated for religious reasons. Those healthcare workers sued and just reached a multi-million dollar settlement in their favor.
More than 500 current and former healthcare workers who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate at Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem sued their employer. The parties just agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement, reports The Defender.
Last fall, the class action lawsuit was filed against Northshore, after it “ordered all of its 18,000 employees, contractors and volunteers to receive a full dose of an approved Covid-19 vaccine by the end of October 2021, or face termination,” reports the Cook County Record.
If the federal Northern District Court of Illinois agrees with the settlement, “NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 to compensate these healthcare employees who were victims of religious discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells,” The Defender says. The healthcare workers who refused the vaccine could stand to get $25,000 each and could be eligible to get their jobs back.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs, from the nonprofit Liberty Counsel, “said the settlement was ‘the first of its kind in the nation,’ and should stand as a ‘strong warning’ to employers who turn deaf ears to religious objectors to workplace Covid vaccine mandates,” reports the Cook County Record.
“This settlement should be a wake-up call to every employer that did not accommodate or exempt employees who opposed the Covid shots for religious reasons,” said Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver.
As part of the settlement, Northshore will no longer be allowed to discriminate against employees who are unvaccinated due to their religious beliefs.
What a great result! It was so obvious that what the government and so many employers did to those heroic healthcare workers was wrong and it’s great that those people stood up against them. It should be noted that this story is nowhere to be found in the mainstream media at the time Next News Network reported it. Will there be more results like this now? Will the mainstream media report this story, or bury it?