Erie hospital to pay, rehire ex-workers who refused flu shots
Imagine Losing Your Job Over A Flu Shot
By Erin Elizabeth
In late 2013 and early 2014, six employees of Saint Vincent Hospital refused to have flu shots– on religious grounds- and were fired. The hospital has now agreed to rehire them and provide about $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages, as part of a settlement for a lawsuit that was filed, on behalf of the workers, by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in September.
From the article:
“The consent decree filed this week between the EEOC and Saint Vincent Hospital does not constitute any admission of violations by Saint Vincent or a finding on the merits of the case,” Dan Laurent, a spokesman for Allegheny Health Network, Saint Vincent’s parent organization, said in an email. “Although we have vigorously and respectfully disagreed with the EEOC’s position and characterization of how employee claims outlined in this lawsuit were handled by the hospital, we have reached a resolution of the matter in the interest of avoiding the expense, delay and burden of further litigation on all parties.”
Saint Vincent will pay the following employees back pay and compensatory damages, in accordance with the consent decree:
- Bryan Nash – $81,712.86
- Aleksandr Gevorkyan – $81,814.81
- Aza Galustyan – $54,493.85
- Joshua Dolecki – $19,608.17
- Lisa Waller – $29,503.37
- Beth Theobald – $32,866.94
As well as the back pay, the hospital must also offer to reinstate each former employee to their previous job with the same pay and benefits. If the job is not vacant, Saint Vincent has to offer the employee a similar job (should one become vacant over the next two years) at any of their facilities within a 50-mile radius.
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