Louisiana Healthcare Workers Granted Interim Reprieve From Vaccine Mandate by Appeals Court

Posted originally on the conservative tree house on October 30, 2021 | Sundance | 109 Comments

A small group of healthcare workers in Louisiana working for Ochsner Health have been granted an interim reprieve by an appeals court judge who is willing to hear their case against the mandatory vaccine requirement.  You might remember Ochsner Health was also the company who is requiring the spouses or dependents of healthcare workers to also get vaccinated or pay an additional insurance premium {See Here}.

A Louisiana appeals court judge has granted a last minute temporary injunction against the mandate granting a hearing for their case:

LOUISIANA – in its ruling Thursday, the appeals court said the plaintiffs should be allowed a hearing and Ochsner may not fire or discipline employees over failing to comply with vaccine requirements in the meantime.

The ruling applies to employees at hospitals listed on the lawsuit, including Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport St. Mary. The plaintiffs are 20 registered nurses, four surgical technicians, a physician, a nurse practitioner, a respiratory therapist, a licensed practical nurse, a child life specialist and several others without listed medical credentials.

[…]  The new ruling is not an indication that the employees’ claim that the hospital is violating their rights has merit, nor does it have legal implications for lawsuits filed outside of the 2nd circuit, said Friedman. It means that the panel agreed that there should be a hearing to decide whether a hospital’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional.

“They want the judge to actually rule on the merits and give these people at least the hearings,” said Friedman.  (read more)

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