500 Illinois health care workers have won a huge $10.3 million victory against an employer that fired them for refusing to take the coronavirus vaccine.
“The class action settlement against NorthShore University Health System is on behalf of more than 500 current and former health care workers who were unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate, according to the non-profit religious rights law firm,” CBN News reported.
The settlement was revealed last week in the federal Northern District Court of Illinois.
Liberty Counsel Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio G. Mihet said, “We are very pleased with the historic, $10 million settlement achieved in our class action lawsuit against NorthShore University HealthSystem. The drastic policy change and substantial monetary relief required by the settlement will bring a strong measure of justice to NorthShore’s employees who were callously forced to choose between their conscience and their jobs.”
“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,” Mihet said.
As part of the settlement agreement, NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 to compensate hundreds of health care employees.
NorthShore will also change its unlawful “no religious accommodations” policy to make it consistent with the law, and to provide religious accommodations in every position across its numerous facilities. No position in any NorthShore facility will be considered off limits to unvaccinated employees with approved religious exemptions.
This is the camel’s nose under the tent on COVID firing. It is likely these sort of rulings will continue.Commentary