Homesteader Posted August 9, 2022 Share Posted August 9, 2022 From Liberty Counsel July 2022 - Huge win for religious exemptions through the courts: Throughout last fall, NorthShore University HealthSystem in Illinois had been approving medical exemptions for its staff members, but not religious exemptions. Pregnant nurses and staff were allowed to continue working without taking the COVID shots. NorthShore accommodated these employees with no problems. Yet those with religious exemptions were repeatedly told that no accommodation would be made for them. The different treatment between the two classes of people was obvious and blatant discrimination. If NorthShore could accommodate people with a medical exemption, then they could and should accommodate religious exemptions. Yet NorthShore made the conscious choice to target and discriminate against every one of its religiously observant workers who requested exemption. Our lawsuit (Liberty Counsel) brought NorthShore’s obvious discrimination and preferential treatment of medical exemptions over religious exemptions to the judge’s attention. If NorthShore was going to accept medical exemptions, which it must do, then it must also accept religious exemptions. Just one day before our court hearing, and without prior notice to staff members, NorthShore attempted to cover its tracks by summarily laying off all the people for whom it had already granted medical exemptions. It did not work out well for NorthShore. Liberty Counsel negotiated the more than 10.3-million-dollar ($10.3 MILLION DOLLARS) payout for more than 500 employees who faced religious discrimination because of their objections to the COVID shots. In addition to monetary payment, these former NorthShore health care workers will be eligible to be rehired at their former seniority levels. Just as important as the recompense for fired staff members, NorthShore will also change its unlawful “no religious accommodations” policy to make it consistent with the law and to provide religious accommodations in every position across its numerous facilities. No position in any NorthShore facility will be considered off limits to unvaccinated employees with approved religious exemptions. Praise the Lord! This forced shot settlement is the first in the nation and will serve as a major wake-up call to every other company that unlawfully denied its employees’ religious freedom RIGHT to reject the COVID jabs. This case will break the dam of religious discrimination that so much of America has been forced to endure under abusive COVID mandates. 4 2 Quote Link to comment
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