A federal judge in Texas dismissed a lawsuit by 117 hospital employees seeking to block their employer’s COVID-19 mandate, but their attorney plans to take the case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The employees of Houston Methodist Hospital argue they effectively are being forced to participate in a human drug trial, because the COVID-19 vaccines are allowed only under emergency use authorization. The estimated completion date for the trials for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, for example, is Jan. 31, 2023.

But U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes ruled Saturday that firing employees for refusing to take the shot would not amount to wrongful termination, the Epoch Times reported. Texas law protects an employee only if he or she is fired for refusing to perform an illegal act.

Hughes insisted the hospital is not participating in a human trial for the vaccines.

 

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