The Louisiana Supreme Court will soon decide whether COVID-19 vaccine mandates can be imposed on hospital workers.
On Tuesday, the judges heard arguments about lawsuits against Ochsner Health employees in Lafayette, Shreveport and Monroe.
KATC learned more about the arguments and who could be hit.
During Tuesday’s arguments, four of the seven judges of the state’s Supreme Court acknowledged the debate behind, even from a legal perspective, the issue in court.
“In general, the courts that have ruled in favor of companies have said that the employees are employed at will. If they do not follow their employer’s policies, they can be fired. The opposite argument is that your medical treatment is mandatory. argue, which an employer should not have the right to do again, until perhaps it would eventually come before the United States Supreme Court if it were filed in federal court,” said Ogletree Deakins Law Firm shareholder Greg Guidry .
In a recent statement, Ochsner Health acknowledged the challenges at the state and federal levels, but stated that as a private employer, the company has the right to establish policies to protect patients and staff.
According to Ochsner Health, nearly 99% of its employees have adhered to this.
If the mandate holds, 280 of the nearly 30,000 workers will lose their jobs.
Lawyers for plaintiffs and defendants have an additional 10 days to submit their final arguments in writing to the court.
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