A New Jersey hospital has fired six supervisor-level employees for refusing to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
As NorthJersey.com reports, RWJ Barnabas Health was required to forcibly lay off supervisory staff by June 30, and now the system plans to extend that requirement to all of its employees and doctors.
“As of July 14, 2,979 staff members, or 99.7 percent, who are at supervisor level and above, have been fully vaccinated or have received medical and religious exemptions or a deferment,” the company said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.
“Sadly, as per our policy, six employees of supervisor level and above have not complied with the mandate and are no longer employees of RWJBH.”
The health care industry itself has not been untouched by the debate about whether employers can and should require workers to get vaccinated.
About 150 employees of Houston Methodist Hospital have either quit or were fired after refusing vaccinations until last month.
The departure sparked a protracted battle between workers and hospital officials over the requirement that ended in court.
US District Judge Lynn Hughes tossed out the workers’ suit and dismissed the workers’ claim that the vaccines are experimental.
The judge made a distinction in his decision between the employment requirement and the forced vaccination.
“If a worker refuses an assignment, changes office, gives an earlier start time or other instruction, he may be fined,” the judge wrote.
“Every employment includes limits on worker behavior in exchange for remuneration. It’s all part of the bargain.”