A person holds a sign at the Houston Methodist Hospital in Baytown, Texas, protesting a policy that employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or lose their jobs.
Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle via AP, File
The Houston Methodist Hospital system suspended 178 unvaccinated employees without pay two weeks ago for missing the June 7 deadline for getting stung.
Anyone who failed to comply or resign during the suspension period was fired on Tuesday, system spokeswoman Gale Smith told The Post.
“Employees who complied during the suspension period returned to work the day after they were brought into compliance,” Smith said.
A group of 117 staff sued the hospital in May, saying the COVID-19 vaccines were “experimental” and the required inoculations made the workers “guinea pigs.” The lawsuit compared the vaccine requirement to medical experiments in Nazi Germany’s concentration camps.
But U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes dismissed the lawsuit on June 12, condemning the Nazi comparison and saying it was wrong to call the vaccines experimental.
The judge made a distinction in his decision between a requirement for employment and a forced inoculation.
“If a worker refuses an assignment, a change of office, an earlier start time or some other directive, he can be properly terminated,” the judge wrote in her decision.
“Any job has limits on the behavior of the worker in exchange for remuneration. It’s all part of the deal. “
The case was appealed.
With post wires