CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a dozen health care employees are seeking class-action status in a lawsuit against the NorthShore University Health System, after they were denied religious exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Liberty Counsel filed the suit in US. District Court on behalf of the 14 workers.READ MORE: Jury Begins Deliberations In Jussie Smollett Trial After Closing Arguments Conclude
The suit said NorthShore had already begun removing unvaccinated workers from the November schedule despite “sincere religious objections” to vaccination – including workers whose appeals were still pending.READ MORE: Former City Architect Jerome Butler, Who Led 1970s Navy Pier Restoration, Dies At 93
The lawsuit asks a court to grant a temporary restraining order by Sunday, and said otherwise, NorthShore will remove all the affected employees from the schedule the following day.MORE NEWS: 3 Critically Injured In Crash Outside Midlothian Driver's Service Facility
The plaintiffs’ religious objections include strong objection to abortion and claims that all COVID-19 vaccines are connected to aborted fetal cell lines.