More than 100 employees at the Methodist Hospital in Houston have sued the hospital for demanding that staff get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The complaint filed by 117 employees alleges they are illegally forced to be vaccinated, according to Le Washington Post.
The complainants allege that the hospital “requires its employees to be human ‘guinea pigs’ as a condition of continued employment,” according to the newspaper.
The lawsuit comes as the June 7 deadline approaches for staff members to get vaccinated under Houston Methodist’s new policy.
Houston Methodist was the first hospital system in the United States to issue a staff vaccination warrant. The supervisory staff had until April 15 to be vaccinated.
The plaintiffs allege that the warrant “requires the employee to undergo medical experimentation as a prerequisite for feeding his family,” the Post reported. The complaint also falsely claims that the vaccines are an “experimental injection of modifying the COVID-19 mRNA gene”.
In a statement to The Hill, Houston Methodist said it was “unfortunate that the few remaining employees who refuse to be vaccinated and prioritize our patients are reacting in this way.”
“COVID-19 vaccines have been shown, through rigorous testing, to be very safe and very effective and are not experimental,” the hospital said. “More than 165 million people in the United States alone have received COVID-19 vaccines, resulting in the lowest number of infections in our country and the Houston area in over a year . “
About 99% of Houston Methodist’s 26,000 employees have met immunization requirements, the hospital said at The Hill.
The Equal Opportunities Commission said friday that federal laws do not prevent employers from requiring that all employees “physically enter the workplace” to be vaccinated.
However, employers should always accommodate employees who, due to a disability or religious reasons, decide not to be vaccinated.