Nation’s First Classwide Lawsuit Against Healthcare COVID-19 ‘Vaccine’ Mandate Settled for $10.3 Million
In a landmark ruling Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel reports it has settled the nation’s first classwide lawsuit against a COVID “vaccine” mandate for healthcare workers for more than $10.3 million.
In a major win for sanity, freedom, and American values, the Christian nonprofit Liberty Counsel reports that it has settled the nation’s first classwide lawsuit for healthcare workers over “a COVID shot mandate” for more than $10.3 million. The class-action settlement will go to 500 current and former healthcare workers “who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate” at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Chicago.
“As a result of the settlement, NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 to compensate these health care employees who were victims of religious discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells,” Liberty Counsel reported in a post dated July 29, 2022. “This is a historic, first-of-its-kind class action settlement against a private employer who unlawfully denied hundreds of religious exemption requests to COVID-19 shots,” the nonprofit added.
Liberty Counsel—which “fulfills its Christian mission through many [legal] projects and initiatives”—reports that, as part of the settlement, NorthShore will also have to change its unlawful “no religious accommodations” policy to make it consistent with the law. The “integrated healthcare delivery system” that encompasses six hospitals will also have to “provide religious accommodations in every position across its numerous facilities.”
The conservative nonprofit first sent a demand letter to NorthShore in October of 2021 on behalf of healthcare workers who had “sincere religious objections to NorthShore’s ‘Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.'” Liberty Counsel says the hospital system could have “agreed then to follow the law and grant religious exemptions” but instead “denied all religious exemption and accommodation requests for employees working in its facilities” forcing the nonprofit to file the suit.
“We are very pleased with the historic, $10 million settlement achieved in our class action lawsuit against NorthShore University HealthSystem,” Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio G. Mihet said in the organization’s post. He added that “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.”
As for the $10.3 million settlement itself, Liberty Counsel will receive 20%, which equals $2,061,500. (The organization notes “This amount is far less than the typical 33 percent usually requested by attorneys in class action litigation.”) The rest will be split up between anybody affected by the illegal COVID-19 “vaccine” mandate depending on how many valid and timely claim forms are submitted during the claims process. Liberty Counsel notes, however, that 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; for employees who were forced to accept a COVID shot against their religious beliefs, approximately $3,000. The 13 healthcare workers who were the lead plaintiffs in the lawsuit will also receive an additional payment of approximately $20,000 each.
As for a response to the settlement from NorthShore? Health News Illinois reports the hospital system released a statement noting that it continues “to support systemwide, evidence-based vaccination requirements for everyone who works at NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health and [thanks its] team members for helping to keep our communities safe.” The hospital system added that “The settlement reflects implementation of a new system-wide vaccine policy which will include accommodation for team members with approved exemptions, including former employees who are rehired.”
As the tweet immediately above evinces, the hospital system is also pushing the massively harmful, dangerous, and untested experimental gene-altering COVID-19 “vaccines” on innocent, defenseless children. Perhaps another lawsuit regarding that policy will come at some point in the future. In the meantime, many legal pundits believe the CDC’s updated guidance for those “vaccinated” or “unvaccinated” against COVID-19—which treats both groups of people as the same, as it should—will equate to a lot more successful lawsuits brought against institutions that have COVID-19 “vaccine” mandates.
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