Unvaccinated New York Court Employees Fired

Allen Smith, J.D. By Allen Smith, J.D. April 8, 2022
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​More than 100 New York court employees have been fired for declining to comply with the state court's COVID-19 vaccine requirement. We've gathered articles on the news from SHRM Online and other media outlets.

Terminations Followed Warning

After the New York Office of Court Administration warned in March that 156 employees faced termination if they declined to comply with the requirement, only 41 of these workers chose to get vaccinated. New York state court administrators announced April 6 that 103 employees had been fired after they declined to comply with COVID-19 vaccine requirements. An additional 12 unvaccinated employees either resigned or retired.

(Haute Lawyer)

April 4 Deadline

The office told the 156 court employees that they must submit proof that they had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by April 4 or they would lose their jobs. The employees also were informed that any requests for medical or religious exemptions would be too late and not considered.

(Lawyer Monthly) and (SHRM Online)

Fired Workers Sue

The fired workers have sued the New York State Unified Court System, challenging the vaccine requirement. The lawsuit claims that the court system's vaccine requirement violates the First Amendment rights of workers by not allowing religious exemptions.

(PIX11)

New York Judge Declines to Get Vaccinated

A judge on New York's highest court has been referred to a disciplinary commission and might be removed from the bench for failing to comply with the rule requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19. Judge Jenny Rivera, one of seven judges on the state's Court of Appeals, has been barred from court facilities and has been working remotely since October. She is one of four judges statewide who have been referred to the state's Commission on Judicial Conduct for being out of compliance with the vaccination requirement, which applies to all court staff.

(AP)

NYC Requirement Remains in Place with a New Exception

On March 24, New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed an order exempting city-based performers from the private-sector vaccine requirement, while leaving the rule intact for most private employees citywide. The plan drew backlash, with many calling it unfair that New York City workers remain suspended without pay while rich pro athletes and entertainers get a pass. The city has suspended many public employees for refusing to get vaccinated. Adams has said he has no plans to rehire them.

(4NBC New York)

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