Members of the NYPD’s largest police union who were fired for not being vaccinated against the coronavirus must be reinstated, a judge ruled on Friday.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Lyle Frank wrote in a ruling that the city’s vaccination warrant on the Police Benevolent Association was invalid “to the extent that it was used to impose a new condition of employment.” to the union.
The warrant was also invalid because it enacted enforcement beyond the “monetary penalties” prescribed by law, Frank wrote in ordering all PBA members to furlough or retain reinstatement.
“This decision confirms what we have said all along: the vaccine mandate was an improper violation of our members’ right to make personal medical decisions in consultation with their own healthcare professionals,” the PBa president said. , Pat Lynch, in a press release.
“We will continue to fight to protect these rights.”
The city’s legal department said it would “immediately” appeal the decision.
“This is at odds with all other court decisions upholding tenure as a condition of employment,” a Legal Department spokesperson told the Post.
This is a developing story.