Judge ‘Reverses’ Health System’s Decision To Fire Worker Over COVID Vaccine, Orders Back Pay | Eastern North Carolina Now

A judge has reversed a decision from the University of Virginia Health System to fire a woman after she chose not to take the COVID vaccine and applied for a religious exemption.

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    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Leif Le Mahieu.

    A judge has reversed a decision from the University of Virginia Health System to fire a woman after she chose not to take the COVID vaccine and applied for a religious exemption.

    Virginia District Judge Claude V. Worrell ruled last week that the UVA Health System had wrongfully terminated Kaycee McCoy, a cytotechnologist there for more than ten years, according to court documents.

    "Because UVA acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner, this court reverses their decision to fire Plaintiff for failing to be vaccinated from Covid-19. They are hereby enjoined from preventing her employment on the basis of vaccination as long as she continues to qualify for a religious accommodation properly applied," the judge ruled, a decision first reported by the Epoch Times.

    Worrell ruled that McCoy should be given back pay with interest from the time she was fired to the time of his decision.

    McCoy, who aided in screening cancer cells and other pathological conditions, was fired in November 2021 after she applied for a religious exception to the COVID vaccine with a letter from her pastor. Her application was denied, and she was given no opportunity to appeal, according to Worrell's decision.

    Virginia Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin removed the vaccine mandate for state employees, but some federal vaccine requirements still applied for entities that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding. Worrell noted that these mandates are still subject to religious and medical exemptions.

    While Biden's vaccine mandate for workers was overturned by the Supreme Court after a suit from a number of groups, including The Daily Wire, the end of the mandate for healthcare workers was only announced in June 2023.

    While the judge said that religious rights were not absolute, the health system should have allowed a religious exemption in this case because she had shown evidence of her "sincerely held religious beliefs that allowed her to seek an exception."

    The judge's decision was praised by the religious liberty advocacy group First Liberty Counsel.

    "This is an important victory for religious liberty and for those who have not caved into these unlawful shot mandates. Forcing an employee to choose between their sincerely held religious beliefs and their job is highly unconstitutional. Applying for a religious exemption is a legal right and cannot be arbitrarily denied," Liberty Counsel founder and chairman Mat Staver said.

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Considering the irrefutable fact that the Left /the Democratic Socialists, beginning in March of 2020, employed the repetitive use of the Covid Pandemic as a political cudgel to wrest a presidential election, where their candidate rarely left his basement, from a frightened and beaten down citizenry of this Representative Republic: What does your knowledge NOW, in hindsight, aid in your understanding of the motives of the Authoritarian Left?
  The "Left" cares about all Democratics, so it was imperative that we do whatever it took to elect a lifelong politician to become that Democratic Socialist to forever change US.
  Pandemics are serious business, where our leaders must use wisdom and practicable efforts of all that serve to protect the public from not only the pandemic, but these ignoble usurpers of the Left.
  I lost almost everything in the Covid Pandemic, and I want justice; a justice where only the truth prevails, and the rampant fraud that is now legend is remedied.
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