A federal judge in Texas has thrown out a lawsuit filed by 117 employees of Houston’s Methodist Hospital system targeting its COVID-19 vaccine requirement.
According to the ruling, U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of Houston said that lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges’ claims that vaccines are “experimental and dangerous” were “false” and “irrelevant.” Hughes also said that COVID-19 vaccines being a condition of employment is not coercion, as Bridges and the other plaintiffs contended.
“Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID -19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients, and their families safer,” Hughes wrote. “Bridges can freely choose to accept or refuse a COVID -19 vaccine; however, if she refuses, she will simply need to work somewhere else. If a worker refuses an assignment, changed office, earlier start time, or other directive, he may be properly fired. Every employment includes limits on the worker’s behavior in exchange for his remuneration. That is all part of the bargain.”
In addition, Hughes called the lawsuit’s comparison between the vaccine requirement and the Nazis’ forced medical experimentation on concentration camp captives during the Holocaust “reprehensible.”
In early June, over 170 hospital employees were reportedly suspended for two weeks without pay over their decision to avoid getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The suspension was in response to employees’ failure to meet a June 7 deadline to complete their COVID-19 immunization. The employees will be fired after two weeks if they don’t get vaccinated, according to FOX 4 Dallas.