The Manitoba government, chief public health officer and regional health authorities are being sued by a group of health-care workers who were placed on unpaid leave after refusing to comply with the province’s COVID-19 vaccination and testing policy. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)


by Sarah Petz

CBC News

July 5, 2022

Sixteen unvaccinated health-care workers who were placed on unpaid leave last fall are suing the Manitoba government and multiple health authorities over the province’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination and testing policies.

In a statement of claim filed June 23, the group claims the policy violated their charter rights because it forced them to disclose private health information about their COVID-19 vaccination status under the threat of disciplinary measures or losing their livelihood.

The lawsuit names the attorneys general of Manitoba and Canada, Dr. Brent Roussin, the chief provincial public health officer, and the regional health authorities as defendants.

The claim says the policy violates several charter rights, including the workers’ right to liberty as it interferes with their personal autonomy by limiting their ability to control their own physical and psychological health.

The group also argues that the policy amounts to criminal assault because it forces a medical intervention on employees under threat of loss of livelihood.

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