A group of 20 employees at Beth Israel Deaconess and affiliated hospitals and health-care facilities say they were deprived of their religious, due-process and equal-protection rights when they were fired between November, 2021 and January, 2022 for their refusal to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
The nurses include two who worked in an emergency room, another who worked in a critical-care unit, one who worked in a neo-natal intensive care unit and two who worked taking care of patients with wounds. Other nurses and employees, including technicians, a medical assistant, a physical therapist and supervisors also joined the suit, against Beth Israel Deaconess, Mount Auburn, Beverly, Plymouth and Winchester hospitals and a Lahey Health clinic.
In the suit, filed in US District Court in Boston, they allege they all had valid religious reasons to request exemptions from the shots, but that the hospitals simply fired them without "any meaningful process" to consider those reasons, after first putting the workers on a two-week unpaid leave. Unlike the suits by several Boston Medical Center nurses, the complaint does not include the specifics of the employees' religious claims.
The hospitals also violated their 14th-Amendment to equal protection by refusing to treat them the same as workers who did get the shots, and were governed solely by "retaliatory animus," which is illegal under Massachusetts law, the suit charges.
The suit says the hospitals had some nerve firing workers who had faithfully continued to work at the height of the pandemic, with only masks to protect them, and that masks and periodic testing continue to be a good alternative since the vaccines aren't really all that good, anyway, as evidenced by all the public figures who contracted Covid-19 after getting shots, including Anthony Fauci. Fauci, however, continues to advocate that people get vaccinated, in part to protect other people.
Last December, the Supreme Court upheld a New York State law that required health-care workers to get shots and to reject religious exemptions.
The workers are represented by Richard Chambers, a Lynnfield attorney who also represents a group of people suing Boston for $6 million apiece over the city's since suspended requirements to show proof of vaccination at places where the public might gather.