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A federal judge’s ruling this week in the U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport foiled an attempt by unvaccinated Geisinger Medical Center employees to prevent dismissal if they refuse to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

District chairman Matthew W. Brann this week denied a request for a restraining order that would have prevented Geisinger officials from laying off more than 100 employees in multiple locations. The employees sued their employer, many of them over religious beliefs.

“The amended claim of the plaintiff (second) for injunctive relief is rejected.” Brann wrote his opinion. “With this, the court rejects the plaintiff’s applications for an interim injunction, an injunction and an injunction.”

According to the lawsuit, more than 70 of the Geisinger employees who received religious exemptions from the health system’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate applied for the injunction that prohibited their employer from requesting tests for the disease twice a week.

Employees who are exempt from the vaccination must be tested twice a week. If they do not get tested, they are considered voluntarily terminated according to the health system.

The lawsuit found that the hospital system was discriminatory.

As of November 1, 24,000

Employees complied and 150 were dismissed at the time for non-compliance with the mandate, according to Geisinger.

13 Geisinger companies that employ the plaintiffs were involved in the lawsuit, including the Geisinger Clinic, the Geisinger Medical Center and the Geisinger Health Plan.

Many of the workers had more than 15 years or more of work experience.

Six charges were made in the lawsuit, including violations of the Nuremberg Code, which is notoriously linked to the horrors of World War II and the use of inmates in Nazi concentration camps for medical experiments. The lawsuit also alleged that it was in violation of federal law and the US Constitution.

Attorney Gregory Stapp represented the health care workers and was separately the attorney representing the parents suing the Montoursville Area School District over a mask problem.

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