A 57 year old waitress named Virginia Alleyne, who was fired from her job at Legends Restaurant in Yankee Stadium after 17 years for being unvaccinated, has sued NYC Mayor Eric Adams.
On Opening Day at Yankee Stadium, Mayor Adams took the podium to announce an exemption to his covid vaccine mandate: unvaccinated professional athletes may now play with their teams at home games. Also, unvaccinated fans can (for now) enter stadiums to watch them.
However, unvaccinated WORKERS still can’t work at these places–or anywhere. As I described in my last post, if you do not submit to medical coercion, you cannot hold a job in the City of New York.
Illogical, Unjust, Unscientific and Elitist are just a few words to describe this situation, which privileges the wealthy, famous and well-connected over the common working man and woman. It is an obvious and egregious double standard.
Virginia Alleyne is fighting back against this injustice. She filed her suit on Opening Day too. It reads in part, “If an unvaccinated professional athlete can play in a baseball game, a bartender should be able to serve alcohol or a waitress should be allowed to serve food at the same venue.”
It is hard to overstate the pressure to vaccinate in NYC. It wasn’t JUST that the unvaccinated could not go where others could. It was that you would lose your job, your business, and the ability to earn a living anywhere in the five boroughs if you didn’t vaccinate. At one hospital, the unvaccinated not only lost their jobs but also paid time off was revoked as well as 401K employer distributions. While the “Key to NYC” has been suspended (for now), all New Yorkers (except for a special few anointed by King Adams) MUST be vaccinated in order to have a job.
Ms. Alleyne calls the mandates “despicable” and said, “I’ve been struggling. I can barely make ends meet. Everybody else folded. Everyone choose to make money. I chose to starve because of the principle.”
If you would like to support Virginia Alleyne and the class action lawsuit that has been filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on behalf of herself and “all other individuals similarly situated”, you can do so here.