A total of 117 healthcare workers joined the lawsuit against the Houston Methodist Hospital, claiming the facility’s requirement violated the Nuremberg Code, a post-World War II-era directive banning experimentation. on human subjects without their consent.
Lawyer Jared Woodfill, who filed a lawsuit, told ABC News that the hospital forcing its employees to get vaccinated was supposed to help boost the hospital’s profits.
“To promote his business and increase profits at the expense of other health care providers and the health of their employees, the defendants announce to the public that they” demand that all employees and salaried physicians receive a COVID-19 vaccine ” . More clearly, the employees of the defendants are forced to serve as human “guinea pigs” to increase the profits of the defendants, “said Mr. Woodfill.
He called this a “serious and flagrant violation of the Nuremberg Code” and Texas public policy guidelines.
Le Washington Post said the hospital had told staff that if they did not receive the vaccine, they would lose their jobs.
The hospital told ABC News it was offering vaccine exemptions for “religious and medical exemptions, as well as postponements for pregnant women.”
Some of the accommodations the hospital says it will make may allow unvaccinated employees to wear face masks and social distancing while working, work a modified shift, take periodic tests for Covid-19, d ” have the possibility to telecommute, or take a reassignment.
Hospital CEO Marc Boom released a statement on Friday in response to the lawsuit, saying 99% of healthcare workers had been vaccinated.
The claimant’s claim that such an ultimatum violates state law and asked the court to ban the hospital from firing any unvaccinated staff.
The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has ruled that companies can require employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus,
Despite this, employers have been reluctant to enact mandates because of the threat of a legal backlash from employees.
A survey by management law firm Fisher Phillips this year found that only 9 percent of more than 700 employers said they were considering a mandate.
As a result, public health officials have tried to find other ways to convince the public to take the photos, ranging from gimmicks to giveaways like Ohio’s “Vaxamillion” lotteries and “awareness and style” campaigns. take out the vote ”.