New York City teachers still cannot work without showing proof of COVID-19 inoculation.
And the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear the lawsuit filed by four New York City public school teachers who got fired or placed on unpaid leave for refusing to take the experimental shots.
Some good lower court judges here and there, but remember scotus sucks https://t.co/ImOgsqUfqc
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) April 18, 2022
New York City’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for public school employees will be allowed to stand, as the U.S. Supreme Court Monday declined to hear a challenge brought by four teachers who alleged the policy violated their right to practice their profession.
The court rejected the case without comment or any indication of if any of the justices would have taken it up.Four NYC public school teachers asked the court to take up the case in December after an appeals court left the policy in place.It was the second time they had sought relief from the Supreme Court, as they previously asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees that region, to issue an injunction that would block the policy from taking effect, which she denied.
They argued that the city’s vaccine mandate—which forced all Department of Education employees who didn’t comply by October 1 to be suspended without pay for one year—violated their due process rights and made it impossible for them to teach, as the department of education is the only public employer of teachers in the city.
Attorneys for the city argued the court shouldn’t hear the case because the teachers asked the Supreme Court to hear it prematurely, adding they “cite no authority for their position … and fail to grapple with the precedent of this Court against them.”
Last February, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees emergency applications for the Second Circuit, which includes Connecticut, New York, and Vermont, rejected the request to block New York City’s vaccine mandate for teachers without comment.
The decision from the Supreme Court resulted in the termination of city employees who refused the experimental shot.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams fired 1,430 city employees in February.
The terminations included 36 police officers, 25 firefighters, and 914 employees from the Department of Education.