New York Supreme Court Reinstates All Unvaxxed Employees, Orders Back Pay

The New York Supreme Court has reinstated all employees fired over the COVID vaccine and required back pay, saying their rights have been violated.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The Supreme Court in New York state has demanded all employees fired over not being vaccinated to be rehired and given back pay, claiming their rights have been violated.
  • Nearly 1,400 employees in New York City alone were fired earlier this year after former Mayor Bill de Blasio introduced a vaccine mandate for all workers.
  • The court found this week that workers are “hereby reinstated to their full employment status” effective immediately.
WHAT THE RULING SAID:

“Being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting Covid-19,” the ruling states.

BACKGROUND:
  • Earlier this year, FDNY-Uniformed Firefighters Association President Andrew Ansbro and FDNY-Uniformed Fire Officers Association President Lt. James McCarthy condemned Mayor Eric Adams for allowing a vaccine mandate exemption for athletes and performers.
  • “If you’re going to remove the vaccine mandate for certain people in the city, you need to remove it for everybody in the city,” Ansbro said at the time. “If you’re going to follow the science, science is going to tell you there isn’t any danger right now, and putting hundreds of firefighters, police officers and other emergency workers out of work is not in the best interest of the city. It’s not safe.”
  • Last month, American Faith reported the city Department of Education axed another 850 teachers and classroom aides in New York City for failure to comply with the vaccine mandate.