By: Konrad Holden
A Houston hospital has suspended 178 of its employees after they refused to get the COVID vaccine. The employees have been threatened with eventual termination if they do not comply. Now, they are suing.
In April, Houston Methodist Hospital announced that all staff would be required to get the COVID vaccine by June 7th or face suspension and termination.
At the time, most hospital staff complied with the new rule, and nearly all of the hospital’s approximately 26,000 staff were vaccinated. Of those who were not vaccinated, some had a medical or religious exemption, while others got a deferral.
But 178 other employees were suspended without pay last week after refusing to get the shot.
The hospital’s president, Dr. Marc Boom, blasted these individuals saying, “a small number of individuals have decided not to put their patients first”.
But attorney Jared Woodfill, who is representing the suspended employees, responded by saying that “it's clearly about the bottom line but not about the people who put their lives on the line.”
The court case is currently ongoing.
“Essentially, Dr. Boom is requiring my clients to serve as human guinea pigs, and if they're not, they're taken to the door. ... There's no choice. It's all about coercion, all about pressure.” - Attorney Jared Woodfill
“I feel like they kind of bullied us into this little corner, like you have to do it or you don't have a job. This is my only source of income.” - Amanda Rivera, suspended hospital employee