Fired employees of Spanish Fort retirement community allege COVID vaccine mandate violated religious rights in lawsuit

Jennifer Sigley, Sloan Hamil, Katherine Lott Howerin and Tina Wolfe are plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in federal court against operators of a Spanish Fort retirement community who claim the company’s COVID-19 vaccination policy violated religious protections.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants in the case, ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, Inc. and Presbyterian Retirement Corporation, Inc., the operators of Spanish Fort’s Westminister Village, violated religious freedoms.

Apparently, Howerin and Wolfe said the society granted religious exemptions. However, they said “about a month later” the operators backtracked and terminated their employment.

“My exemption was approved in mid-September,” Howerin, an eight-year Westminster Village employee, told Mobile TV’s WKRG. “And then on October 7, my admin gave me a letter and basically rescinded the exception.”

Wolfe, who previously worked as an RN supervisor for Westminster Village for 12 years, had a similar reaction.

“I was shocked because I didn’t think they could do that,” she told WKRG. “How can they tell us they can’t accept our exemption when they already have.”

Brian Dasinger, a Fairhope-based attorney who is handling a similar lawsuit for former employees of the Mobile-based shipbuilder Austal, is the plaintiff’s attorney.

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