The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) filed a lawsuit this week claiming that the Mission hospital in North Carolina forced workers with religious objections to get flu shots and fired those who refused.
According to Reuters: “The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina against Mission Hospital Inc in Asheville on behalf of a Christian intake clinician and a Muslim psychiatric technician who were terminated and a pre-school teacher who belonged to a Christian sect and was forced to resign because she would not be vaccinated.”
The EEOC’s lawsuit is seeking back pay, compensatory and punitive damages and reinstatement for the fired employees
Truth Kings reports:
It seems as though this hospital has historically fired nurses and staff workers for not complying with their mandatory flu shot policy. Here is an article dating all the way back to 2010.
Three workers at Mission Hospital in Buncombe County were fired after refusing to get a mandatory flu shot, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported recently.
Like a growing number of hospitals, Mission adopted a policy that required flu vaccinations for medical staff and employees unless they had a medical or religious exemption.
The Asheville paper reported that 14 employees were suspended without pay for not getting vaccinated by a Dec. 1 deadline. Eleven of those workers got the shots by an extended deadline on Dec. 15, and the three who did not lost their jobs.
This is enormous and wonderful news. The United States is at a crisis level in terms of employers attempting to force flu vaccines on employees, particularly in the medical vertical. A lawsuit of this magnitude could be a big change in the right direction.
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