Praise! 500 Win in Religious Exemption Lawsuit
After being denied religious exemptions from the covid vaccine and being fired, over 500 health care workers are being compensated.
From CBN News. Health care workers who were fired for not getting a COVID shot have won a major victory. The Liberty Counsel has announced a “historic” $10.3 million settlement in the nation’s first-of-its-kind classwide lawsuit.
The class action settlement against NorthShore University HealthSystem is on behalf of more than 500 current and former health care workers who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate, according to the non-profit religious rights law firm.
The settlement was filed Friday in the federal Northern District Court of Illinois. The settlement must be approved by the court….
“This settlement should also serve as a strong warning to employers across the nation that they cannot refuse to accommodate those with sincere religious objections to forced vaccination mandates,” [Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio G. Mihet] said.
As part of the settlement agreement, NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 to compensate hundreds of health care employees.
NorthShore will also change its unlawful “no religious accommodations” policy to make it consistent with the law, and to provide religious accommodations in every position across its numerous facilities. No position in any NorthShore facility will be considered off limits to unvaccinated employees with approved religious exemptions.
In addition, employees who were terminated because of their religious refusal of the COVID shots will be eligible for rehire if they apply within 90 days of final settlement approval by the court, and they will retain their previous seniority level….
According to the Liberty Counsel, if the settlement is approved by the court and all or nearly all of the affected employees file valid and timely claims, it is estimated that employees who were terminated or resigned because of their religious refusal of a COVID shot will receive approximately $25,000 each, and employees who were forced to accept a COVID shot against their religious beliefs to keep their jobs will receive approximately $3,000 each.
Thirteen health care workers who are the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit will also receive an additional approximate payment of $20,000 each for their role in bringing the lawsuit….
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(Excerpt from CBN News. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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