Health care workers win $  10M settlement over hospitals' COVID vaccine mandate: 'This is a big wakeup call'

NorthShore deberá pagar $ 10.3 millones a empleados a quienes se les negaron exenciones religiosas.

Mat Staver, fundador y presidente de Liberty Counsel, estaba detrás del acuerdo. Staver explicó en “zorro & Amigos” Tuesday that NorthShore implemented ajab or job” política, meaning employees were required to get the vaccine or be terminated.

All of them were denied religious accommodations,” Staver told host Will Cain.It was literally no religious accommodation, which they’re required to do under the federal employment law called Title VII.

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Protestors opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and vaccine passports by the government rally at City Hall in New York City on August 25, 2021.

Protestors opposed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates and vaccine passports by the government rally at City Hall in New York City on August 25, 2021. (ANGELA WEISS/AFP)

Staver explained that Title VII applies to both private and public employers and requires that sincere religious beliefs be accommodated.

NorthShore employees who were terminated or forced to resign will receive $ 25,000 and those who were forced to get the vaccine will receive $ 3,000 as part of the settlement.

Staver said NorthShore resisted the lawsuit at the start of the process.

But as we went more into discovery, it was pretty clear they didn’t have a basis and they would lose big time,” él dijo.

Staver said that, in addition to financial payouts, NorthShore will also have to change its policy.

There will no longer be a no religious accommodation policy. Every position will be accommodated,” él dijo. “All the people can come back with no loss of seniority or job status.

Staver said he believes the case will have a broad impact.

It’s a big wakeup call to employers across the country that did not do these accommodations as they’re required under Title VII,” él dijo.

And I think it’s an encouragement for the employees that were abused and lost their jobs or threatened to lose their jobs, and some of them retirement, that they can pursue justice.

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