Alabama nursing home workers fired for not being vaccinated file religious discrimination lawsuit
Four workers at an Alabama nursing home who were fired after not receiving the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds have filed a federal lawsuit accusing the facility of discrimination.
The four former Westminster Village workers at Spanish Fort — Sloan Hamill, Katherine L. Howerin, Jennifer Sigley and Tina Wolfe — have accused the retirement community of religious discrimination, harassment, unfair dismissal and creating an environment hostile labor in refusing to grant their exemptions last year and fire them, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Mobile.
In some cases, workers’ religious and medical exemptions were first denied, then granted, before being denied again. In others, exemptions had been repeatedly denied.
They were all fired on November 30.
The former employees, all Christians, “have sincere religious beliefs that their body is a temple and that God intended their existence from their creation; thus, Plaintiffs should not be inoculated or coerced into being inoculated with any experimental foreign substance or biological/medical material that will alter aspects of their human bodies,” the lawsuit states.
Westminster Village and its parent and associated companies Acts Retirement-Life Communities Inc. and Presbyterian Retirement Corporation Inc., which were also named as defendants in the lawsuit, refused the exemptions because they risked losing millions of dollars in cash. federal government, including $25 million in coronavirus relief funds, if its employees were not vaccinated, according to the lawsuit.