On Saturday, Judge Lynne N. Hughes of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas dismissed a lawsuit brought by over 100 employees of Houston Methodist Hospital challenging their employer’s vaccination requirement.
According to NBC News, Judge Hughes stated in her decision that the lead plaintiff, Jennifer Bridges, and her colleagues had no case against Houston Methodist Hospital. Furthermore, the judge also replied to the plaintiff’s accusations point-by-point as well. From NBC News:
“On the vaccination requirement violating due process, 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 vaccination is not an illegal act, and it carries no criminal penalties.”
“She [Bridges] is refusing to accept inoculation that, in the hospital’s judgement, will make it safer for their workers and patients in Methodist’s care,” Hughes wrote.
On their claim they were being coerced: “This is not coercion. Methodist is trying to do their business of saving lives without giving them the COVID-19 virus. It is a choice made to keep staff, patients and their families safer.””
The judge also stated that the plaintiffs misconstrued the law and distorted the facts regarding immunization. One other charge Judge Hughes, rightly condemned was the attempt by hospital employees to equate having to get COVID-19 vaccine shots as tantamount to medical experimentation as seen in Nazi Germany.
NBC News observed at on point it looked like Judge Hughes ridiculed the press release style of the medical staff’s complaint too. That will obviously be highlighted by the hospital employee’s attorney in their appellate briefs in which they do plan to appeal.
At least this case has some sort of clarity or direction and the judge’s answers were impressive. The attempt by the plaintiffs to conflate their employer’s requirement with Nazi medical experiments is ridiculous on its face. An employer requiring immunizations cannot and should not be compared to the wretched medical tests Nazi German doctors, like Josef Mengele, conducted on human subjects.
To compare an employer mandating COVID-19 vaccines with Nazi German vivisection is not only wrong, it also diminishes the impact of such horrid events. Unfortunately, such a comparison is indicative of anti-vaccine activists and the Houston Methodist Hospital employees revealed they are either panicked, anti-vaccine activists, or have been heavily influenced by anti-vaccine information. None the less, it will be interesting to see how this legal case turns out, since I was under the impression an employer could not require vaccines as per HIPAA.