A Texas federal court on Saturday dismissed a lawsuit brought by 117 hospital workers who challenged their employer’s vaccination requirement.
In the written decision of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Judge Lynn N. Hughes said that the principal plaintiff Jennifer Bridges, a nurse, and 116 other employees at the Methodist Hospital in Houston who challenged the requirement , had no case.
Employee attorney Jared Woodfill responded in a statement Saturday: “This is just one battle in a larger war to protect the rights of employees not to be forced into a vaccine trial as a condition. employment. “
He said they would appeal to the US Supreme Court “if necessary”.
Hospital officials said on Tuesday they suspended 178 employees who refused to be vaccinated.
Hughes dealt with the complainants’ arguments one by one. On the due process violation immunization requirement, she wrote, “Texas does not recognize this exception to at will employment. “
On their argument that the requirement would force workers to break the law: “Receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is not an illegal act, and it carries no criminal penalties. “
” It [Bridges] refuses to accept the inoculation which the hospital believes will make it safer for their workers and Methodist patients, ”Hughes wrote.
On their assertion, they were forced: “This is not coercion. Methodists are trying to do their job of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to ensure the safety of staff, patients and their families.
On their claim that they are required to take an “unapproved” drug: “Federal law allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services to bring medical products into interstate commerce for emergency use. “
At times, Hughes appears to mock complainants, saying, for example, that their complaint was drafted “in the style of a press release.”
The plaintiffs, she said, “misinterpreted” the law and “distorted the facts” of the vaccination, including that the requirement amounted to forced medical experimentation because the Covid-19 vaccines were approved by emergency from the Food and Drug Administration but not full approval.
Hughes also reverses a comparison to forced medical experiments in Nazi Germany.
“To equate the injection requirement with medical experimentation in concentration camps is reprehensible,” she wrote.
Dr. Marc Boom, President and CEO of Houston Methodist, said in a statement Saturday night: “We can now put that behind us and continue to focus on unprecedented safety, quality, service and innovation. . “
Hughes concluded by saying that “the plaintiffs will not take anything” from the hospital.