USA Today reports:
In the first federal ruling on vaccine mandates, a Houston judge late Saturday dismissed a lawsuit by hospital employees who declined the COVID-19 shot – a decision that could have a ripple effect across the nation.
The case involved Houston Methodist, which was the first hospital system in the country to require that all its employees get vaccinated. U.S. District Judge Lynn N. Hughes said federal law does not prevent employers from issuing that mandate.
After months of warnings, Houston Methodist had put more than 170 of its 26,000 employees on unpaid suspension Monday. They were told they would be fired it they weren’t vaccinated by June 21.
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A federal judge today threw out a lawsuit by employees of Houston Methodist hospitals set to be fired for refusing to get vaccinated. The ruling could pave the way for employers to require workers get vaccinated.https://t.co/scyljlDawb
— David Heath (@davidhth) June 13, 2021