Health Care Workers Fired for Refusing COVID Shot on Religious Grounds Win $10.3 Million Settlement
Over 500 hospital workers for Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem who were terminated after refusing the Covid jab based on religious objections were awarded a $10.3 million settlement.
The group litigating the case, the Liberty Counsel, on Friday announced it secured the settlement against NorthShore for “employees who were victims of discrimination, and who were punished for their religious beliefs against taking an injection associated with aborted fetal cells.”
During the pandemic, NorthShore reportedly instituted a “no religious accommodations” policy where they “unlawfully denied hundreds of religious exemption requests to COVID-19 shots.”
In accordance with the settlement, NorthShore must revise its policies and allow for religious exemptions.
“No position in any NorthShore facility will be considered off limits to unvaccinated employees with approved religious exemptions,” the Liberty Counsel wrote in a press release.
Workers who filed religious exemptions and were fired, or resigned, will receive roughly $25,000 each, while workers who bent to pressure and took the jab “against their religious beliefs to keep their jobs” will get $3,000 each.
Additionally, NorthShore is required to rehire workers who were terminated for refusing the vaccine on religious grounds “if they apply within 90 days of final settlement approval by the court, and they will retain their previous seniority level.”
Liberty Counsel chairman and founder Mat Staver declared the “first of its kind” settlement a victory for religious freedom and the American Constitution.