Former Houston Methodist employees demand their jobs back after Abbott’s vaccine mandate ban

More than 150 former Houston Methodist employees who parted ways with the hospital in June over a vaccine mandate policy are demanding to be rehired, after Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order banning any entity in the state from implementing such mandates.

In a letter to the hospital, attorney Jared Woodfill — who currently represents almost 200 health care workers in multiple lawsuits against Methodist — said executive order GA-40 makes the hospital’s policy illegal.

“Gov. Abbott says very clearly, ‘whereas countless Texans fear losing their livelihoods because they object to receiving a COVID-19 vaccination for reasons of personal conscience,'” he said. “That applies to every plaintiff that I represent, and every plaintiff that Methodist hospital thought it was appropriate to fire.”

Houston Methodist was the first hospital in the country to implement a vaccine mandate earlier this year, sparking a fierce legal battle between hundreds of employees and the hospital.

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