"A federal judge rejected a lawsuit brought by 117 staff members against Houston Methodist Hospital’s policy requiring all employees to receive a COVID-19 vaccination and in the process editorialized against the workers’ concerns about the vaccines.
Houston Methodist announced in April that it would be requiring all of its 26,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by June 17, but 178 refused to comply on the grounds that they consider the vaccines currently distributed in the United States 'experimental and dangerous.' The hospital subsequently suspended them without pay, NPR reported.
The workers sued, but on June 12 U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes issued a ruling siding with Houston Methodist on the grounds that Texas law only prevents employers from forcing workers to break the law.
'This is not coercion,' the judge argued. 'Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients, and their families safer.'
Hughes added that the workers’ complaint, which he derided as being written in 'press-release style,' was 'reprehensible'"
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