Victory In The Second Circuit On Behalf Of The New York Healthcare Workers Fighting NY’s Vaccine Mandate.

I have good news and bad news to announce today. I’ll start with the good news. The Second Circuit has granted, in part, my motion for an injunction pending appeal staying the enforcement of New York’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate against healthcare workers who have religious exemptions. A full copy of the order is below.

The bad news is that, as I stated at oral argument on Wednesday and prior to the Second Circuit issuing its order, Northwell Health has terminated my client, Diane Bono, and told her in the termination meeting that New York’s mandate compelled its actions. Ms. Bono and I have the following to say about her denial:

“Today, Diane Bono chose her faith over her job, and Governor Hochul got what she has connived to get all along: the discriminatory termination of a dedicated nurse who has faithfully served her community for 39 years. The First Amendment and Title VII prohibit this travesty, and we will continue to fight to vindicate Ms. Bono’s rights.”

My clients – We The Patriots USA, Inc., Michelle Melendez, and Michelle Synakowski – are delighted with the Second Circuit’s ruling, and we look forward to prevailing on October 14, 2021 when we will return to the Second Circuit to present oral argument for a more lengthy injunction.

Cameron L. Atkinson

Cameron Atkinson is a Christian, a published constitutional scholar, a trial and appellate lawyer, and a general hell-raiser. He has received national recognition for his victories in civil rights cases, especially in First Amendment cases. Attorney Atkinson stands out for his written advocacy, and he has taken the lead role in briefing cases to the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the Connecticut Appellate Court, and multiple New York appellate courts. Attorney Atkinson has successfully represented clients facing criminal charges, including successfully arguing for the reversal of a sexual assault conviction before the Connecticut Supreme Court. He will accept requests for public speaking engagements on a case-by-case basis.

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12 Responses

  1. Heather says:

    Is there a new date since the case was postponed on 10/14? I’ve searched and it is impossible to find.

  2. Barb says:

    Thank-you for the big fight. Us little guys just have no voice anymore.

  3. John Oswald says:

    Keep on the firing line. The heart of the king is in the hand of the Lord.

  4. Dr. A says:

    Hello, I am a physician employed by HHC in NYC. I have been suspended without pay for refusing to comply with the vaccine mandate. I filed for a religious exemption before 9/27, which was rejected. Does this mean they must reinstate me until 10/14, or does this only apply to people whose religious exemptions were accepted by their employer? Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  5. Cameron, I host many constitution classes, and would love for you to appear for 20 minutes.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for fighting for us!

  7. Christine says:

    Thank you for standing up and defending our rights! God bless you always.

  8. David Valzania says:

    You’re doing God’s work. Thank you!

  1. September 30, 2021

    […] “Prior to the Second Circuit issuing its order, Northwell Health has terminated my client, Diane Bono, and told her in the termination meeting that New York’s mandate compelled its actions,” Atkinson wrote in a blog post. […]

  2. June 30, 2022

    […] it’s definitely cause for celebration. Let us take a moment to thank the tireless work of Attorney Atkinson and the other members of our powerful legal team, including Attorneys Norm Pattis and Earl Austin […]

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