Scores of workers who bought fired for refusing to adjust to town’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates are keen to sue Mayor Eric Adams over his determination to exempt native professional athletes and performers, lawyers mentioned Thursday.
“This morning alone we have received over 100 different calls asking for our help,” Staten Island lawyer Louis Gelormino instructed The Post.
Long Island lawyer James Mermigis additionally mentioned, “I already got five calls this morning from private-sector employees that were let go because of the mandate and they want to sue the city.”
“I’m going to have them in my office over the weekend,” he mentioned.
Mermigis, who’s been dubbed “the anti-shutdown lawyer” for submitting pandemic-related fits, already represents 41 NYPD cops who’re interesting denials of their requests to be exempted from town’s vaccine mandate on spiritual grounds.
They plan to sue if these choices go towards them, he mentioned.
Mermigis referred to as Adams’ announcement Thursday “another slap in the face to regular New Yorkers who just want to earn a living.”
“We are going to allow the $50 million-per-year-salary athletes play on their sports team, but what does the city need more: a healthy Yankee team or a healthy police department?” he mentioned.
“Look at the crime that’s going on in the city. This is absolutely ridiculous and backwards.”
Gelormino additionally referred to as Adams’ transfer “shameful” and mentioned town’s vaccine mandates have been unconstitutional.
He mentioned the challenges to Thursday’s govt order may come within the type of complaints to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal legal guidelines prohibiting job discrimination.
“My partner, Mark Fonte, and I will aggressively be pursuing any legal action available in order to best represent our clients,” he mentioned.
“We are in the process of deciding what’s the best avenue.”