September 23 2022 New York, New York – A judge has ruled that NYPD’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for members the PBA (New York City’s police union) is invalid.
Judge orders the NYPD to rehire police officers who were fired or suspended without pay for noncompliance with the Covid19 mandates.
“To be unequivocally clear, this Court does not deny that at the time it was issued the vaccine mandate was appropriate and lawful, the Court however does not see, nor have
respondents established a legal basis or lawful authority for the DOH to exclude employees from the workplace and impose any other adverse employment action as an appropriate enforcement
mechanism of the vaccine mandate.” read court papers.
The judge ordered the following:
1. that the vaccine mandate is invalid to the extent it has been used to impose a
new condition of employment to current PBA members; and it is further.
2. that the mandate is invalid to the extent that it seeks an enforcement in any other manner than proscribed by law, namely monetary sanctions; and it is further.
3. that members of the PBA that were caused to be wrongfully terminated
and/or put on leave without pay as a result of non-compliance with the unlawful new condition
of employment discussed above are directed to be reinstated to the status they were as of the date
of the wrongful action.
The ruling applies specifically to members of the PBA.
New York City’s Law Department said they are immediately appealing the ruling, according to Pix11 article.
The Police Benevolent Association of the City of New York (NYC PBA) is the largest municipal police union in the world. The NYC PBA represents the approximately 24,000 sworn NYPD members who hold the rank of Police Officer and wear a silver shield.