Sunday, June 26, 2022

7th Circuit Denies Preliminary Injunction To Doctor Fired For Refusing Vaccine

In Halczenko v. Ascension Health, Inc., (7th Cir., June 23, 2022), the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a preliminary injunction to a pediatric critical care specialist who was fired from his hospital position after he refused, on religious grounds, to comply with the hospital's COVID vaccine mandate. The court concluded that plaintiff had shown neither irreparable injury nor inadequate remedies through a Title VII action. Among other things, the court rejected the argument that the doctor will suffer a deterioration in skills that amounts to irreparable injury.