The attorney for 117 workers who filed a lawsuit against a Texas hospital that threatened their employment over not getting China Virus vaccine shots said they are willing to go to the Supreme Court after an 80-year-old controversial federal judge dismissed the case.
In an act of dominance before the court hearing, last week the hospital suspended 178 workers without pay after they refused to get jabbed.
Jared Woodfill, the employees’ attorney who filed the lawsuit, said his clients are not done “fighting this unjust policy” and are committed to an appeal.
“What is shocking is that many of my clients were on the front line treating COVID-positive patients at Texas Methodist Hospital during the height of the pandemic,” Woodfill said. “As a result, many of them contracted COVID-19. As a thank you for their service and sacrifice, Methodist Hospital awards them a pink slip and sentences them to bankruptcy.”
When the lawsuit by employees of Houston Methodist was brought about over the threat of losing their employment due to the health system’s vaccination mandate for workers, this became the first decision of its kind by a court regarding such a requirement at a health system.
The lawsuit, filed May 28 by Jennifer Bridges, RN, and 116 other workers, argued that the mandate is illegal and forces workers to get an experimental vaccine to keep their jobs.
The mandate sparked pushback from employees, who argued that the COVID-19 vaccines are “experimental and dangerous” and that Houston Methodist’s requirement forces workers to serve as “human guinea pigs.”
“If we don’t stop this now and do some kind of change, everybody’s just going to topple,” Bridges told local news station ABC13 at a protest earlier in June. “It’s going to create a domino effect. Everybody across the nation is going to be forced to get things into their body that they don’t want and that’s not right.”
The employees allege that Houston Methodist is violating Texas public policy and the Nuremberg Code, a medical ethics code for human experimentation drafted in 1947 because of the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II.
But U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes ruled June 12 that the health system did not violate state or federal law or public policy with its requirement.
“This is not coercion. Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus,” Hughes wrote in the ruling. “It is a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer.”
In the meantime, Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Texas, relaxed several of its COVID-19 related requirements this month.
It will not be required for hospital visitors to wear masks, though the hospital said mask wearing is still encouraged and required in certain situations.
Christin Timmons, DNP, chief nursing officer at Medical Center Hospital, told NewsWest9, “We have removed masks. We are highly encouraging masks to be worn, but we are not going to catch someone in our hallways and ask them to leave because they’re not wearing a mask.”
Like the vast majority of American hospitals, Odessa Medical Center does not mandate workers to get the experimental China Virus vaccines.
In fact, Houston Methodist, which comprises an academic medical center and six community hospitals, was the first large, integrated health system to implement a vaccination mandate for employees.
Houston Methodist rolled out its mandatory vaccination policy March 31, with April 15 as the deadline for managers to receive at least one dose or get an exemption. By June 7, all 26,000 employees were required to comply. Those who were not in compliance woyld receive a two-week suspension. Houston Methodist said if workers do not comply by June 21, it would “initiate the employee termination process,” according to The New York Times.
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In his ruling, Judge Hughes rejected employees’ claims that the vaccine requirement violates the Nuremberg Code, a medical ethics code for human experimentation drafted in 1947 because of the Nuremberg trials at the end of World War II.
He also rejected claims the vaccines are “experimental and dangerous.” He said, “Texas law only protects employees from being terminated for refusing to commit an act carrying criminal penalties to the worker.” He also wrote that “receiving a COVID-19 vaccination is not an illegal act, and it carries no criminal penalties.”
Lynn Nettleton Hughes, 80, is known for some of his controversial actions.
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