Employees who oppose COVID vaccine mandate get small court victory and will keep their jobs for now – .

Employees who oppose COVID vaccine mandate get small court victory and will keep their jobs for now – .

Louisiana appeals court ruled state’s largest healthcare system cannot fire or discipline Louisiana employees defying COVID-19 vaccine requirement as mandate legality is debated in court , reported The Associated Press. Friday was the deadline for all 32,000 Ochsner Health employees across the state, as well as a small part of Mississippi, to get a full vaccine against the virus or face a potential layoff.
The Shreveport 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals released its decision on Thursday. State District Judge Craig Marcotte dismissed the warrant lawsuit filed Oct. 5 by dozens of employees at the Ochsner plant in Shreveport, but the three-judge panel ordered him to hold a hearing for the warrant and to ban its execution until a ruling on legality is issued, the AP reported.

Chuck Daigle, chief executive of Ochsner LSU Health, said the day after the complaint was filed that the system “strongly supports the science and data that demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination”.

“We know that COVID-19 vaccination dramatically reduces transmission, symptom severity, hospitalizations and deaths,” said Daigle.

Jimmy Faircloth, an attorney representing some Ochsner employees, said in a press release earlier this month that the vaccine’s mandate is an “illegal forced choice.”

“Every day we get more and more calls and emails from employees across the state who are forced to choose between taking drugs they don’t want and feeding their families,” Faircloth said. .

For more Associated Press reporting, see below.

Louisiana appeals court ruled that the state’s largest health care system cannot fire or discipline Louisiana employees defying a COVID-19 vaccine requirement while the legality of the mandate is debated in court . Above, a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is being prepared for administration at an immunization clinic in Los Angeles on September 22.
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Ochsner did not immediately comment on Friday morning.

While the 2nd Circuit rulings do not affect district courts outside northern Louisiana, Thursday’s ruling is a signal to businesses statewide that vaccination warrants are likely illegal, Faircloth said.

Indeed, temporary restraining orders can only be made if those who ask for them have a good chance of winning, he said.

However, the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers 21 parishes in the southwest and central, on Wednesday dismissed a request for a similar order and reinstatement of a lawsuit against Ochsner Lafayette General Health.

“We find no error in the decision of the court of first instance”, wrote the panel of the 3rd circuit.

Faircloth said he had asked the Louisiana Supreme Court to overturn the dismissal of the case by District Judge Thomas Frederick.

The lawsuits argue that Louisiana’s constitution and laws guarantee citizens the right to decide on their medical treatment.

“It is illegal for an employer to threaten to fire an employee for exercising a legal right, or to require an employee to waive the exercise of a legal right as a condition of employment,” said the employee. Shreveport trial.

Dozens of employees at Louisiana’s largest healthcare system filed a lawsuit earlier this month challenging a COVID-19 vaccine warrant. Above, Lisbeth Fernandez from NOELA Community Health Care administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a New Orleans resident on August 14.
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