Health Care Workers Who Sued Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Win $10 Million Settlement

Epoch Times – by Zachary Taylor

A group of health care workers who sued their hospital over a COVID-19 vaccine mandate are slated to receive $10 million, according to a settlement agreement filed on July 29.

About a dozen workers at the NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois lodged the suit in October 2021, arguing that the facility was illegally not granting religious exemptions to the mandate.

After eight months of negotiations, the workers and NorthShore “have agreed to settle this case,” according to a memorandum filed in federal court.

Under the settlement’s terms, NorthShore will pay $10,337,500 into a settlement fund for workers affected by its mandate—specifically, workers who between July 1, 2021, and Jan. 1, 2022, asked for a religious accommodation and were denied and either received a vaccine to avoid termination or were fired or resigned. About 473 workers fit under that category.

NorthShore will also adjust its vaccine mandate “to enhance its accommodation procedures for individuals with approved exemptions for sincerely held religious belief.”

Workers fired because they refused to get vaccinated due to their religious beliefs are eligible to apply for re-employment.

U.S. District Judge John Kness, the Trump appointee overseeing the case, was asked to approve the proposed settlement.

Liberty Counsel, the legal group representing the platiniffs, described the settlement as a first-of-its-kind for an action against a private employer who denied hundreds of requests for religious exemptions to a COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

“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,” Horatio Mihet, vice president of legal affairs at the group, said in a statement.

“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,” he added.

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If the agreement is approved, affected workers could apply for money from the $10 million fund.

Each worker who eventually got a vaccine despite raising religious objections would be eligible for approximately $3,000 while those who were fired or resigned could get up to about $25,000, according to estimates.

The final amounts will depend on how many workers apply for money, among other factors.

In addition, the agreement sets aside $260,000 for the named plaintiffs in the case. Each would be slated to receive about $20,000, on top of the other funds.

Liberty Counsel is also asking for $2 million in attorneys fees, or about 20 percent of the total settlement.

Epoch Times

3 thoughts on “Health Care Workers Who Sued Over COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Win $10 Million Settlement

  1. So, admiralty gives some givin’. I mean if this is real, if this is really real, are we about to see a slew of lawsuits from all those who lost jobs over the mandates!! Looks like something that can break the system, both financially and by exposing the tyranny. I’m seein’ it as a breakthrough, even though it happened in the unlawful courts. And yeah, the big fight approaches, but the small breakthroughs matter as well. Kinda like The Stamp Act or The Boston Tea Party. They opened doors for liberty to have its full reign.

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    1. Sounds to me like the masonic lodge spread a little cash around to the healthcare workers who contain a lot of their members in order to promote a false narrative, just like DC vs Heller. The courts that heard this case had no jurisdictional authority to do so but because it was something we liked, do we surrender our jurisdictional authority over to the admiralty?
      This is no breakthrough and $10 million is nothing to put out the illusion that there is a breakthrough in the unlawful administrative admiralty.
      Tell you what, sister, this $10 million win can be overturned quite easily through appeal to a higher fraud. It is the acceptance of the fraud that is killing us. This is not a breakthrough, small or otherwise, and the admiralty gives nothing unless it is to a masonic dirty church cabal member of the international corporate mafia.

      1. I see your point (truth). I did think this could cause some upheaval since so many employees were put out to pasture. I bet it’ll bring out more of the jab-refusers who lost their jobs, as well as the jab-compliers who are now experiencing jab-regret. But thank you for the clarification. Every day learning.

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