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Chicago’s NorthShore University HealthSystem agreed Friday to pay out a $10.3 million settlement to 500 current and former healthcare workers who opposed the company’s Covid vaccine mandate on religious grounds.
The Ashe Post & Times reports that hundreds of workers who claimed religious liberty exemptions were fired for not complying with the company’s vaccination policies. Liberty Counsel, a Christian ministry built around legal defense, took up the employees’ case and took the Illinois hospital system to court in a class action lawsuit.
Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel said, “This classwide settlement providing compensation and the opportunity to return to work is the first of its kind in the nation involving Covid shot mandates. This settlement should be a wake-up call to every employer that did not accommodate or exempt employees who opposed the Covid shots for religious reasons.”
According to The Defender, most plaintiffs cited their personal reluctance to take an injection of a vaccine that was developed in part from stem cell biology.
Court documents show that NorthShore denied religious exemption to roughly 523 employees between July 1, 2021 and January 1, 2022.
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