The city of New York fired employees who refused to be vaccinated for COVID, but on Monday the New York Supreme Court ruled that the city had to rehire and pay back wages to the employees fired over the vaccine mandate.
As the ruling from the court outlined, in October 2021, the New York City Health Commissioner, David Chokshi, mandated the vaccine for city employees.
That first mandate was then followed by another mandate for the private sector in December.
But on Monday, the state’s Supreme Court ruled that the orders and exemptions from Chokshi and Adams were “arbitrary and capricious.”
The court noted the states of emergency under which the vaccination orders were enacted were meant to be temporary.
“The question presented is whether the health commissioner has the authority to enact a permanent condition of employment during a state of emergency,” the ruling stated.
“This court finds that the commissioner does not have that authority and has acted beyond the scope of his authority under the public health law and in violation of separation of powers. The petitioners herein should not have been terminated for their failure to comply with the Commissioner’s orders during a temporary state of emergency,” the ruling added.
Furthermore, the court even noted that “being vaccinated does not prevent an individual from contracting or transmitting COVID-19.”
The court then ordered that those terminated be fully reinstated to “their full employment status.”
They are also “entitled to back pay in salary from the date of the termination.”
In response to the ruling, many took to Twitter to point out that Americans in general are tired of COVID restrictions and this ruling might be an indication of that.
“The New York Supreme Court just reinstated all workers that were wrongfully terminated due to lack of COVID vaccination. NEW YORK. Americans everywhere are tired of living in shackles,” CJ Pearson, a young conservative activist, tweeted.
The New York Supreme Court just reinstated all workers that were wrongfully terminated due to lack of COVID vaccination.
Americans everywhere are tired of living in shackles.
— CJ Pearson 🇺🇸 (@thecjpearson) October 25, 2022
The New York Supreme Court just ruled that NYC must reinstate all employees fired because of their vaccination status and that backpay must be issued, a crushing blow for democrat party tyranny.
— First Words (@unscriptedmike) October 25, 2022
A representative for New York City’s law department said that “the city strongly disagrees with this ruling as the mandate is firmly grounded in law and is critical to New Yorkers’ public health,” National Review reported.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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