“Joanna Salinas, the attorney representing the city of Leander, said, ‘The city worked diligently with Mr. Horvath to develop alternatives that would accommodate his religious beliefs and still fulfill its obligation to protect the health and safety of City personnel and members of the public that are served by the city of Leander Fire Department. Mr. Horvath rejected the city’s efforts.'”
However, according to a spokeswoman for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, there are currently no state requirements for vaccination of first responders. And the reason Horvath didn’t want to wear the mask while he wasn’t out on medical calls during his shift was because there was no medical reason for it. But you would require that if you were trying to bully someone into something.
Horvath now alleges he was discriminated against for his religious beliefs and wants his job back plus back pay.
Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan has said that his firefighters are “allowed to sign a form declining vaccinations for “conscientious” objections including religious or medical reasons,” but that he’s never seen anyone decline the DeTaP. (Because people are finally starting to wake up and know their rights.)
To date, according to a general counsel lawyer for the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, there has never been a case of a firefighter being fired after refusing to get a vaccination.
We will keep you updated.