Nurses in northern Illinois facing termination unless they get vaccinated against COVID-19 are suing their employer for refusing to grant them exemptions from the shots.
In September, Riverside Healthcare in Kankakee, Illinois, informed all employees who filed for exemptions from the hospital system’s vaccination mandate that their requests were denied, claiming the company would not allow unvaccinated health care workers to care for patients, according to the Daily Journal.
The denial form letter sent to employees stated, in part: “Based on our review of your declination request and our COVID Vaccination Program Policy, your request has been denied. Although your religious or strongly held belief may otherwise qualify for an exemption, Riverside has decided to deny your request because you are in a patient-facing position.”
Despite its refusal to honor the exemption forms, Riverside Healthcare stated it takes “all requests very seriously and respect[s] the time you invested to submit this.”
On Wednesday, six nurses filed a lawsuit against their employer, seeking a permanent injunction to stop the hospital system from enforcing its vaccine mandate. The firm representing the nurses, the Liberty Justice Center, called the require to a “ruthless overreach.”
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