Texas Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Protects Workers Forced Out
Houston Methodist Hospital may have been bragging they were the first in the nation to force their employees to leave their jobs due the system’s forces COVID vaccine mandates, but their boasting could backfire.
Former Houston Methodist employees, fired or forced to resign for not complying with the system’s experimental vaccination requirements, are now demanding their jobs back after Texas Gov.Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning COVID-19 vaccination mandates, according to Houston Public Media.
The governor’s executive order, issued Oct. 11, bans any entity in Texas, including private employers, from enforcing COVID-19 vaccination mandates.
The order specifically states that “no entity in Texas” can enforce vaccination against anyone, including an employee or consumer, who objects “for any reason of personal conscience, based on a religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19.”
Jared Woodfill, a prominent Houston attorney representing 153 former Houston Methodist employees who where shown the exit door with the system in June for not complying with its mandate, sent a letter to the system Oct. 12, demanding the workers be rehired.
Houston Methodist President and CEO Marc Boom, MD, said he’s disappointed in the governor’s order and that system leaders are reviewing the order’s implications.
“As the first hospital system in the country to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine for employees and physicians, we are deeply disappointed in the governor’s order that tries to prohibit such mandates,” Dr. Boom gloated in an Oct. 12 statement.
“We are proud of our employees and physicians, who are 100 percent compliant with our vaccine policy,” not bothering to mention over 200 workers (not all sued) were forced out.
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