Judge reinstates NY nurse who was terminated over refusing Covid-19 vaccine

The following is an excerpt from Becker’s Hospital Review.

A judge reinstated a Buffalo, N.Y.-based Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center nurse who was fired for refusing to be vaccinated for Covid, The Buffalo News reported Aug. 28.

The judge overturned an arbitrator’s January decision, which said Wendy Cooper was fired with just cause. The judge referred to the decision as “irrational, violative of public policy and contrary to the interests of justice.”

“Ms. Cooper is an unfortunate victim in the wake of excesses exhibited by governors, administrators, legislatures, and yes, even the judiciary,” state Supreme Court Justice Emilio Colaiacovo wrote in his decision. “All too frequently did critical thinking and the exercise of personal liberties expire at the altar of false righteousness, fear and authority.”

He directed Roswell Park to negotiate with Ms. Cooper over her retroactive pay and benefits. 

The center declined the news outlet’s request for comment but confirmed it will appeal the decision. It reached out to the union healthcare employees who were suspended for not getting vaccinated and invited them back without requiring vaccination, as well as encouraged fired employees to apply for open positions, according to court papers. (Continued…)

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4 thoughts on “Judge reinstates NY nurse who was terminated over refusing Covid-19 vaccine”

  1. Terminated employees should seek FULL backpay — non negotiable — as well as damages and expenses suffered via wrongful termination.

  2. She deserves full back, restoration of her record there, and a written apology from the hospital ‘management’ for violating her.

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