In a major victory for liberty, NorthShore has said they will settle with its workers. They have committed to paying more than $10 million in compensation to 500 current and former workers. NorthShore is also required by the court to modify its policy so that religious exemptions may be granted, and anyone who was dismissed or forced to resign because they did not get vaccinated may be rehired. The settlement must still be approved by the Court. Employees can apply for their jobs back when the settlement is approved.
The workers were represented by the Liberty Counsel, which greeted the win with cheers.
“This is a first of this kind of class action legal settlement that is against a company that turned down hundreds of request for religious exemptions to COVID-19 vaccinations,” according to Liberty Counsel. Its founder and president, Mat Staver, called it “a wake-up call for every business that did not exempt or accommodate employees that was against the COVID vaccines for religious reasons. This case should serve as a cautionary tale to businesses that violated Title VII.”
“Employment discrimination based on color, sex, race, religion, and national origin is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.”
The amount each employee receives is determined by how many legitimate and on-time claims are submitted.
“If all or nearly all of the afflicted employees submit legitimate and timely claims, it is expected that those who were let go or compelled to quit after their requests for a religious exemption were turned down will receive around $25,000 each. The people who got Covid shots under duress in order to retain their employment and were forced to go against their personal religious convictions will get about $3,000 each.”
“The plaintiffs, who were 13 people, will receive an extra payment of around $20,000 each.”
“The extreme policy shift and substantial financial compensation that the settlement requires will provide great justice to NorthShore employees that were callously forced to pick between their beliefs and their jobs,” said Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Litigation Counsel Horatio G. Mihet of Liberty Counsel. “This agreement should also serve as a stern warning to businesses across the country that they must not refuse to accommodate individuals with genuine religious objections to mandated vaccines.”