Nine B.C. public servants, facing firing, petition court to end vaccine mandate

Excerpt from article in the Times Colonist here: https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/nine-bc-public-servants-facing-firing-petition-court-to-end-vaccine-mandate-5120511

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Crease Harman LLP lawyer Umar Sheikh, co-counsel, is representing public servants about to be fired for not showing proof of vaccination. The law firm is representing nine employees seeking an injunction to stop their termination.

Nine B.C. public servants are set to go to court to fight a vaccine mandate that could result in their losing their jobs.

Last week, four of the almost 400 public servants who refused to show proof of immunization and are facing termination, filed an action in B.C. Supreme Court in hopes of petitioning the court to stop the terminations. The number has since risen to nine.

At issue is a Nov. 19 provincial government order that makes COVID‑19 vaccination a condition of employment for all B.C. public service employees.

Court documents say the vaccine policy fundamentally altered the employees’ contract “without proper notice or agreement or their consent, in order to terminate them without any sort of due process or procedural fairness, for just cause.”

The court filing says the vaccine mandate should be quashed. The mandate is expected to be in place until “public health concerns regarding COVID are reduced to a level, prescribed by government, to enable workplaces to operate without COVID-related restrictions.”

Pending a judicial review of their case, the petitioners are seeking an injunction to stop terminations from proceeding.

Read the full article here: https://www.timescolonist.com/local-news/nine-bc-public-servants-facing-firing-petition-court-to-end-vaccine-mandate-5120511

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