Former City of Windsor employees launch legal action over COVID-19 vaccine mandate – CBC

Release says 20 workers suing for breach of constitutional rights

Aug 25, 2022

Twenty former City of Windsor employees who were fired for not complying with its COVID-19 vaccine mandate are launching legal action against the city.

Toronto lawyer Courtney Betty, who is representing the group, stressed that the lawsuit is not anti-COVID-19 vaccine.

“My position is the City of Windsor, based on the Municipal Act and the Constitution Act, are bound by the provincial mandate and guidelines, which right now state that vaccination is not a condition of employment,” he said.

“It’s strictly a constitutional argument, not anything more than that.”

A statement of claim filed against the city, which was posted online by the group Protecting Ontario Workers’ Employment Rights (POWER) earlier this month, redacts the names of those that are part of the suit.

But it says the group includes firefighters, a refuse collector, an analyst programmer, early childhood education workers, a personal computer analyst, data analysts, a city forester and manager of forestry and natural areas, a recreational clerk, clerk, operating engineer, multiple Enwin employees and a Huron Lodge employee.

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