Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Maine Healthcare Workers

These brave Mainers stood their ground, through termination, coercion from their peers, their employers, and at times even their communities.

When Maine media publications teamed up to unblind their names, in an attempt to bully and publicly shame them, still they stood for what was right.

On May 25, 2023, the First Circuit Appeals Court ruled 3-0 in favor of the terminated healthcare workers, stating that they did have basis for a claim that the State violated their First Amendment rights. They ruled that the district court erred in dismissing the First Amendment and Equal Protection claims, in the case brought by Liberty Counsel. 

The court stated that the mandate may meet the standard of strict scrutiny “based on the complaint’s allegations that the Mandate allows some number of unvaccinated individuals to continue working in healthcare facilities based on medical exemptions while refusing to allow individuals to continue working while unvaccinated for religious reasons.”

The case will now return to the lower court for discovery. So, they haven’t won yet, but now they will get their chance to argue their case in Court!

Read the Liberty Council’s post about the case

2 thoughts on “Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Maine Healthcare Workers”

  1. I was initially hired pending obtaining a medical exemption for Northern Light Health/A.R. Gould in Presque isle for a medical secretary. When my mew primary care physician refused to sign my ME stating she would be fired, I continued on and presented a well written religious exemption as well as went to my pre employment screening at Northern Light Work Health where my HIPAA rights were violated when they announced in front of other patients in the waiting room my vax status, then continued to confront me once inside when I pleaded with them to allow HR to handle it, the nurse stormed off to call her directly. I felt threated and humiliated! Ultimately, NL/ARG rescinded the job offer stating I failed the medical screening, meaning I remained unvaccinated. This not only devastated me but also financially devastated my family. This was even after our President declared the Covid Emergency was over and CMMS also rescinded the vax mandate for all healthcare workers and subsequently DHHS has rescinded it also. Northern Light/A.R.Gould just doesn’t care that they are continuing to MANDATE employees and new hires when no MANDATE currently exists. I would like to know what recourse, if any, I have against them for my numerous violations?

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