On Friday, a New York judge ruled that NYPD union members who were fired for not receiving the COVID vaccine should be reinstated.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank ruled that the firing was not a valid action under the terms of the police unions’ contract.
It remains to be seen whether or not the same type of decision will be rendered by the courts of New Jersey.
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Even months after wave after wave of vaccinated and boosted individuals fell with COVID-19, the mandate remains in place for many.
If you worked in law enforcement, health care, and other public service positions, you were subject to the mandate of employers.
The difference in the NYPD’s case is that the decision was made based on their contract, which does not allow for termination if the COVID vaccine is refused.
Tens of thousands of New Jersey workers had to make the agonizing decision to put something in their bodies that they felt they didn’t need or feared would cause harm or lose their livelihood.
The situation was unprecedented and heartbreaking for people who had to choose between their own bodily autonomy and the ability to earn a living.
Hopefully more decisions like this will pave the way for an end to this ridiculous practice and more sensible reasoning in the future.
In New Jersey, don’t count on it, but you can dream.
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