A group of 68 police officers, firefighters and other Raleigh, North Carolina employees filed a lawsuit this week, claiming the city’s COVID-19 vaccination policies are “discriminatory.”
The lawsuit, filed Monday (April 4) in Wake County Superior Court, names the City of Raleigh, Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin and City Manager Marchell Adams-David as defendants, according to a copy of the complaint obtained by The News & Observer.
The complaint calls a number of Raleigh’s COVID-19 vaccination policies discriminatory.
“Without even bothering to put the matter up to a vote, the Mayor and City Manager issued the following communique to more than 3,800 police officers, firefighters, and other City workers: you can keep working for us, but if you do not take one of the COVID-19 vaccines, we will not promote you,” attorneys wrote.
Five disabled travelers from California, Israel, and Ohio filed suit today against the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Transportation Security Administration, and eight airlines to vacate the Federal Transportation Mask Mandate and International Traveler Testing Requirement, arguing the policies were issued without legal authority by the Biden Administration. The lawsuit also demands $8 million in damages from eight airlines, TSA employee Julie Carrigan, and two aviation health consultants for discrimination and medical malpractice.
The 14-defendant, 39-count complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California is the largest lawsuit to date against transportation masking and testing mandates. In addition to CDC, TSA, and Carrigan, defendants are the Department of Health & Human Services, Alaska Airlines, Allegiant Air, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, STAT-MD, and MedAire. Numerous yet-to-be-named employees of the eight airlines who conspired to interfere with disabled passengers’ civil rights by denying mask exemptions are listed as future defendants.
It’s the 14th lawsuit against mask and testing rules filed by members of Americans Against Mask Mandates and at least the 23rd nationally to challenge the FTMM (fourth to ask that the ITTR be declared illegal). It comes 10 days before TSA’s health directives enforcing the mask mandate are scheduled to expire – but the administration has previously extended the FTMM four times…. Read More