September 24 – A federal judge on Friday ruled that a healthcare provider in Cincinnati, Ohio, could require his employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk losing their jobs, in what appears to be the first such decision by a private employer in the united states.
St. Elizabeth Healthcare failed to find that their rights were being violated by a vaccination policy of a hospital staff member, who has the right to impose conditions of employment, the U.S. District Judge said. David Bunning in Covington, Kentucky.
St. Elizabeth should be vaccinated on October 1. The availability of universal vaccines in the United States helped to reduce infection in spring and early summer but Delta diversity has led to a new decline in conditions and hospitals.
Alan Statman, representing the workers, said they were looking into their next steps.
Bunning’s decision was the first to apply for an injunction against the COVID-19 private employer’s policy, said Mark Guilfoyle, a lawyer representing St. Petersburg. Elizabeth.
In recent weeks, more and more employers have begun setting deadlines for workers to be vaccinated as the COVID-19 infection remains high in the United States.
Also on Friday, the Biden Administration announced plans to require government contractors to be vaccinated, which will apply to tens of millions of Americans.
Employee vaccination requirements have created many cases, although most are in the early stages. A federal judge in June dismissed a case against Houston Methodist Hospital under Texas liquidation law.
The class action on behalf of the staff of St. Elizabeth was based in part on concerns about the safety and compliance of COVID-19 regulations, among other claims.
The allegations are not illegal, Bunning said.
“If an employee believes that his or her freedom is more important than the legal status of his or her employment, that employee may and should choose to exercise another personal freedom, which is less important – the right to seek another job,” wrote Bunning.