ILLINOIS: Denied religious exemptions, health care workers sue for damages

CHICAGO, IL – Liberty Counsel will ask the federal District Court of Illinois to certify the entire class of health care workers and will seek damages on behalf of those employees who have been unlawfully discriminated against and denied religious exemptions from the COVID shot mandate by NorthShore University HealthSystem. 

Liberty Counsel asked the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals to intervene before the appeal is decided to prevent irreparable harm to NorthShore employees. Even though the Seventh Circuit denied the injunction pending appeal asking for emergency relief, the court granted the motion to expedite the appeal. This denial does not affect the merits of the case. In fact, on November 30, Judge John F. Kness said the plaintiffs are likely to prevail on Title VII and the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act.

In a 27-page decision, Judge Kness stated that NorthShore employees who prevail against NorthShore for its denial of religious exemptions and accommodations will be able to recover money damages including backpay, front pay, compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorneys fees, and several other forms of damages. Since full compensation is available to those who win against NorthShore, the court concludes that the harms they are facing now are not “irreparable,” as they can be repaired through money damages.

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It’s against my religion to take a vax with secret ingredients. ABN

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