Judge Dismisses Houston Methodist Employee Lawsuit

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit from Houston Methodist hospital workers over the requirement that they get vaccinated against COVID-19. The employees staged a walk-out last week on the deadline day for them to receive the vaccine or be suspended.

More than 100 workers sued the hospital, claiming federal law prohibits employees from being required to get vaccinated because the COVID vaccines have not yet received full FDA approval...the vaccines approved so far have been done so under emergency use only. The judge dismissed that argument, saying that law does not apply to private employers. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes also denied a request for a restraining order to block Houston Methodist from suspending the unvaccinated employees.

Jared Woodfill, attorney for the employees, vows to appeal the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary, saying in a statement, "All of my clients continue to be committed to fighting this unjust policy."

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