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Worker Sues After Being Sacked For Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

Worker sues after being sacked for getting COVID-19 vaccine

A worker is suing her former employer after she was sacked for getting a COVID-19 vaccine.

Her employer said taking the vaccine “consciously and deliberately with intent” is contrary to “our Lord God and Creator”.

Worker sacked for getting COVID-19 vaccine

Lainie Chait worked as a client care consultant for the Newcastle-based Church of Ubuntu (COU).

The church promotes and also sells alternative health remedies including hemp products.

Chait told ABC News the church sacked her in October, when they found out she had been vaccinated.

“For the past 25 years I’ve been going ‘I don’t want, I don’t need the Western approach’, but in this particular scenario I did,” she said.

Chait said she supports freedom of choice in healthcare and therefore felt shocked when the church sacked her.

“Because really, you’re in the industry to help people, not judge them.

“A lot of the customers that come to them are vaccinated, so why are you still serving customers that are vaccinated and not employing people that are vaccinated?

“That part I don’t get, and that’s the hypocrisy that pisses me off the most.”

Lainie Chait says her employer sacked her for protecting herself with a vaccination . (Picture: Lainie Chait)

Termination letter

ABC News published a part of Chait’s termination letter, which describes the NSW government’s vaccine policies as “enforced medical apartheid”.

“As a consequence of this … the Church Of Ubuntu has taken a position that no committee members or full members can be accepted if they consciously chose to, and then complete injections, with any of the current or future planned injections purported to protect from the COVID-19/Sars Cov 2 virus.

“It is the position of the COU that to receive the COVID-19/Sars Cov 2 injection consciously and deliberately with intent is in contradiction with our Constitution and contrary to our position on what is required of us by our Lord God and Creator.

“As a consequence Lainie can no longer be a full member of the COU. She can however in keeping with the Ubuntu Philosophy still remain as an associate member if she chooses.

Legal action

Chait has filed an unfair dismissal claim in the Fair Work Commission, but the church has so far refused to attend conciliation conferences.

She says she will take her case to the Federal Court.

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Pizza shop worker

Meanwhile, Georgia Smith is taking legal action against the owners of Ned Kelly’s pizza store at Tweed Heads.

Smith claims they sacked her as a result of discovering her vaccination status.

“I said to them, because I got the vaccine, is this why I can’t come to work, and they said yes,” she told Nine News.

According to Smith, the pizza shop owners falsely believe vaccinated people shed dangerous spike proteins – which is a physical impossibility.

“They just said that I give off too many spike proteins to them, and it therefore affects them if I come into close contact with them,” she said.

Georgia Smith says Ned Kelly Pizza sacked her for her vaccination status. (Picture: Nine News)

The law

Employment lawyer Stephen Dryley-Collins said it is unlawful to discriminate against a worker based on a perceived impairment.

“These cases could involve more than just unfair dismissal, they could also amount to unlawful discrimination,” he said.

“Employers cannot treat a worker unfairly, or less favourably, based on a perceived disability or impairment, such as being vaccinated.

“Humans cannot shed spike proteins from a vaccine. To suggest otherwise is simply untrue and not based in science. In fact, sadly it demonstrates the eye-watering ignorance of the pizza shop owners.”

Owners of the Ned Kelly Pizza store at Tweed Heads expressed concerns about shedding spike proteins.

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