A religious-freedom group has documented a last-minute legal claim to attempt to save the positions of thousands of city employees set to be terminated Friday for missing the deadline to get vaccinated.
The suit, recorded in Brooklyn government court on Thursday, asserts the city command established a “battle on the unvaccinated” and disregards laborers’ “fundamental religious and constitutional rights.
“A significant number of these workers face an end date of February 11, 2022, which is tomorrow,” said the Thursday filing.
“The mass end of City workers who have would not comply with the different antibody orders due to their sacred religious convictions is a huge treachery that desperately should be tended to – and immediately.”
The suit was recorded by New Yorkers for Religious Liberty for the benefit of 13 named city laborers – including FDNY Capt. Brendan Fogarty – who face “immense pressure” to pick either their confidence and their positions, court papers say.
The suit tried to be a class-activity case due to the almost 4,000 workers in danger of losing their jobs, the group said.
“Offended parties deferentially ask that the Court act quickly to order the Defendants from firing huge number of their religiously-attentive employees, who have so far got bigoted and illegal abuse of their religious convenience demands,” the lawsuit says.
The 73-page documenting demanded that the orders were prejudicial as well as “irrational.”
“Coronavirus vaccine mandates can’t stop the spread,” the lawsuit said.
“The antibodies might dull the severity of the disease, however the proof doesn’t uphold a presumption that they stop contamination with and transmission of [COVID] to other people.”
It looks for a preliminary by jury to get undefined harms, charges and “reestablishment” of jobs.
The documenting came around the same time Mayor Eric Adams affirmed his obligation to the cutoff time set by his ancestor, Bill de Blasio, in October.
“We’re not terminating them. Individuals are stopping,” Adams demanded at a news gathering Thursday. “The responsibility is clear.”
The mandate has confronted a large number of court difficulties, remembering a Manhattan claim this week for sake of two dozen unions, for example, the United Federation of Teachers, the Uniformed Fire Officers Association and the Police Benevolent Association.
City Law Department rep Kimberly Joyce noted at the time that such difficulties have over and again been rejected.