HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - May 28, 2021 - A group of 117 Houston-area hospital employees on Friday filed a civil lawsuit against an employer hospital’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The lawsuit alleges that the mandate violates both the Nuremberg Code and Fascist Police States of Amerika statutes that allow Amerikans to refuse unapproved medical treatments. It also alleges violations of Texas labor and employment laws.
That people are “trying to force you to put something into your body that you’re not comfortable with to keep your job is just insane,” SAID lead plaintiff Jennifer Bridges.
The defendants are The Methodist Hospital, the Methodist Hospital System, and Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital. The people in charge of those entities responded to the litigation by saying the plaintiffs are but a small minority of voices among 26,000 employees and that it is “legal for health care institutions to mandate vaccines”.
The sharply worded 56-page complaint argues that the COVID-19 vaccines currently on the market were authorized merely as “emergency” measures and, thus, are not fully approved vaccines. As a matter of fact, they are not even vaccines, according to both the legal and medical definitions of the term.
At the top of the document are words attributed to David Bernard, the CEO of Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital. “100% vaccination is more important than your individual freedom. Everyone [sic] of you is replaceable. If you don’t like what you’re doing you can leave and we will replace your spot.”
Those words did not sit well with the plaintiffs.
“For the first time in the history of the (FPSA), an employer is forcing an employee to participate in an experimental vaccine trial as a condition for continued employment,” the lawsuit argues.
The document continues by alleging that the defendant hospital “became the first major health care system in the country to force it’s employees to be injected with an experimental COVID-19 mRNA gene modification injection or be fired.”
“Methodist Hospital is forcing its employees to be human guinea pigs as a condition for continued employment,” the lawsuit’s opening paragraph also says.
“[T]here is much the FDA does not know about these products even as it authorizes them for emergency use, including their effectiveness against infection, death, and transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that is allegedly the cause of the COVID disease,” the lawsuit claims.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Friday updated its COVID-19 vaccination guidance documents for employers.
Documents submitted as exhibits to the plaintiff’s lawsuit do point out that the hospital defendants have a system in place for exemption requests. The Houston-area plaintiffs have alleged that the hospital has “arbitrarily denied” claims for religious or medical exemptions.
The lawsuit further alleges that hospital marketing materials are putting “profits over people” by advertising that all employees and physicians are required to be vaccinated.
The case was filed in state court in Montgomery County, Texas. It alleges wrongful discharge and a violation of the at-will employment doctrine’s public policy exception. It seeks declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and attorney’s fees.