ESPN’s well-documented love affair with vaccine mandates is coming back to haunt them.
Two of the company’s former employees who were fired for not following the company’s vaccine policy, Allison Williams and Beth Faber, are filing a lawsuit against ESPN in Connecticut courts after they claimed they were fired for not getting the jab.
Williams, 38, attempted to get an exemption for several reasons. When she was pressured to get the jab in 2021, she highlighted that she had a bad reaction to a vaccine when she was 12, that she was undergoing in vitro fertilization and did not want to risk affecting that procedure, that she had natural immunity due to having already contracted the virus, and that she was choosing to not get the vaccine because of her Christian beliefs.
None of that mattered to ESPN, as they fired her a week after denying her exemption.
“I have been denied my request for accommodation by ESPN and The Walt Disney Company, and effective next week, I will be separated from the company,” Williams said in an Instagram video on Oct. 15, 2021. “I’m so morally and ethically not aligned with this. I’ve had to really dig deep and analyze my values and my morals. Ultimately, I need to put them first. The irony in all this are the same values and principles I hold so dear are what made me a really good employee and probably what helped with the success I’ve been able to have in my career.”
Faber, who like Williams is a Christian and had been with the company for over 30 years, also applied for a religious exemption but was denied (showing that the Christian faith doesn’t really matter all that much to the company). She joined Williams in the lawsuit, which also includes targets Disney for working on “behalf of the government” in this regard.
Both plaintiffs are seeking "compensatory damages, back and front pay, reputational damages, damages for emotional trauma and distress, punitive damages, reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs of the action, pre- and post-judgment interest."
Williams and Faber’s case is perhaps one of the strongest any employee can bring against a company who were fired because of their vaccine stance. While it remains unclear if they can actually win, it is still encouraging to see two former employees push back against the vaccine insanity that pervaded The Worldwide Leader in Sports.
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