COVID-19 vaccines have been distributed across the country, and they are said to considerably lower a person’s chances of contracting the virus as well as lessen the severity of the virus in case an individual gets it. To this end, many employers across the country are asking their employees to get the vaccine, with some of these businesses making the jab mandatory as well as conditional to working with them. Recently, a New Mexico man filed a lawsuit challenging his employers mandatory directive regarding vaccines for all workers.
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Mandatory Vaccine Lawsuit Filed in New Mexico
Isaac Legarreta, who works at the Dona Ana County Detention Center as a corrections officer, recently filed a lawsuit via the federal district court after his boss gave out a mandatory COVID-19 directive, making it a must for all workers to get the vaccine if they wanted to continue working at the Detention Center.
Mr. Legarreta cited various legal statutes such as 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3 which requires that various federal bodies such as the office of the secretary of health and human services to ensure individuals are fully informed of their option to refuse or accept the consumption of a medical product that is yet to be approved.
Coronavirus Workplace Retaliation Suit
In addition, his coronavirus lawsuit mentions retaliatory discharge, as he was let go of by his employer by refusing the vaccine, which, under federal law, would go against New Mexico law. Lastly, he claimed in his suit that the program to mandatorily vaccinate all workers would go against a person’s due process rights as well as is an invasion of privacy as dictated by law as put forth by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Should this suit succeed, it will set a precedent and open a floodgate of similar suit where the rights of ordinary Americans such as you as protected by the constitution are non-negotiable, even in the face of a pandemic.
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