By Leah Anaya
In what the group is referring to as a “historic” settlement, the Liberty Council, a non-profit religious rights law firm, has touted a victory for over 500 “current and former health care workers” who were fired or placed on unpaid leave for declining to receive a Covid shot.
In the first-of-its kind suit, the plaintiffs were awarded a$10.3 million settlement against NorthShore University HealthSystem for what the law group argued was religious discrimination.
The 24-page settlement, filed Friday in the federal Northern District Court of Illinois, will now move to be approved by a court. It included $10,337,500 compensation to the employees as well as the the rehiring “with accommodations” for eight of the plaintiffs listed in the suit as Jane Does. These were apparently the only eight interested in returning to the health system after the discrimination. However, if others change their minds, they will have 90 days to reapply from the date the settlement is approved, and they will retain their previous level of seniority.
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