New York City workers that were fired for refusing to comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate are furious with Democrat Mayor Eric Adams and his announcement Thursday to exempt professional athletes and performers from the mandate. Lawyers for the fired employees, which includes first responders and other city workers, said they eager to sue both the city and Mayor Adams over his decision.
Staten Island lawyer Louis Gelormino told The New York Post that they had received "hundreds" of phone calls on Thursday morning shortly after the announcement.
James Mermigis, a Long Island lawyer who's been representing 41 NYPD officers that were fired over the mandate despite being granted religious exemptions told The Post that he received multiple calls from private-sector employees that were fired over the mandate and want to sue the city.
"I'm going to have them in my office over the weekend," Mermigis said.
Mermigis said Adams' announcement is "another slap in the face to regular New Yorkers who just want to earn a living."
"We are going to allow the $50 million-per-year-salary athletes play on their sports team, but what does the city need more: a healthy Yankee team or a healthy police department?" he said.
Adding, "Look at the crime that's going on in the city. This is absolutely ridiculous and backwards."
Lawyer Louis Gelormino said the city's vaccine mandates are unconstitutional and that he, along with his partner Mark Fonte, will "aggressively be pursuing any legal action available in order to best represent our clients."
"We are in the process of deciding what's the best avenue," Gelormino said.
According to the lawyer, challenges to the executive order could come in the form of complaints to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, The Post reports.
In November, over 9,000 New York City employees that chose not to get the mandated injection were placed on unpaid leave.
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