As deadlines loom for Albertans facing job losses for not complying with company-mandated immunization policies, a human rights complaint has been filed by a group of employees from the Alberta Public Service (APS) and Alberta Health Services (AHS).
The complaint was filed Thursday with the director of the Alberta Human Rights Commission, citing an “attempted assault against APS and AHS employees.”
Complaint names Deputy Minister of Executive Council [the premier’s ministry] Ray Gilmore and AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu and cites a number of alleged violations of the Alberta Human Rights Act (AHRA) code of conduct.
The complaint also refers to the Freedom of Information and Protection Act (FOIP) and states that “employees are not legally required to disclose protected private medical information”, and the charges that requests for disclosure of the vaccination status are illegal.
“On behalf of all APS and AHS employees who do not wish to unwittingly receive an injection related to COVID-19, we respectfully invoke Sec. 10 of the AHRA, “the complaint said, asking the Alberta Human Rights Commission to issue an order prohibiting the Government of Alberta and AHS from” taking retaliatory action against any employee. ” for refusing to take an injection of COVID-19.
“We are taking action to protect employees who risk being fired without pay for refusing to be vaccinated against their will,” said Jeffrey Rath, of Rath & Company, the law firm that filed the complaint.
Rath said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, AHS Chief Medical Officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw and AHS President and CEO Dr. Verna Yiu exposed unvaccinated workers to “Hatred and contempt”.
Statements blaming unvaccinated people for increasing hospitalization rates and the need for lockdowns and vaccination warrants were “based on false and scientifically inaccurate statements” by Kenney and Hinshaw that “COVID-19 injections are superior to natural immunity “.
According to Rath, this violates Sec. 3 (1) (b) of the AHRA Code of Conduct, referring to discrimination which is “likely to expose a person or a class of persons to hatred or contempt”.
A psychiatrist was consulted for the plantiffs who confirmed that a number of patients they had seen suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), including survivors of sexual assault, and had “increased sensitivity. forced interference with their bodily integrity and bodily autonomy ”.
“Under these circumstances, it is clear that exposing ‘unvaccinated’ PTSD sufferers to hatred and contempt in the ordinary sense of Sec. 3 (1) of the Code of Conduct is directed at people with physical and mental disabilities in a manner contrary to the AHRA, ”the complaint read.
Discrimination in Employment Practices, Sec. 7 (1) (b) says “no employer shall discriminate against any person in respect of employment or terms of employment”.
The complaint claims that all “vaccination warrant policies” discriminate against employees under the section on employment practices.
“We see no place for exemptions – medical, religious or otherwise,” said Rath, who said it was another violation of Article 7 of the AHRA.
The complaint refers to a 2001 case where it was decided that a teenage girl did not have to be vaccinated against meningitis against her will due to her severe anxiety about getting the vaccine.
Rath also points to reports from Israel and the UK which show that “double-vaccinated people are now arriving at hospital at rates equal to or greater than national vaccination rates.”
“We have expert witnesses ready to testify – a board certified pathologist and psychiatrist – who can provide evidence confirming everything in our letter of complaint,” Rath said.
“Further, Dr. Hinshaw, Kenney, and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta are also misleading people about ivermectin.”
Arguments around the effectiveness of ivermectin in treating COVID-19 have continued throughout the pandemic, while the pest control drug is still not approved to treat COVID-19 in Canada.
Rath includes a number of documents which he says support all of the allegations in the complaint, including medical data and studies.
One such document, an order signed by Nebraska Attorney General Douglas J. Peterson, on October 14, concludes: “Based on the available data, we do not find clear and convincing evidence that a doctor who obtains first informed consent and then using or hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 violates the Uniform Accreditations Act. “
Another included chart from the Tokyo Medical Association shows that with the distribution of ivermectin in mid-August, the number of COVID-19 cases fell.
“This cruel and inhumane treatment of the citizens of Alberta must stop,” said Rath.
“When this is all over and science conclusively confirms what these doctors have been saying all along, I personally hope that a new government and a new attorney general will be elected who will seriously prosecute manslaughter charges for not not have given people access to life-saving treatments. “
The complaint calls for “the immediate intervention of the Alberta Human Rights Commission”.
Melanie Risdon is a journalist at Western Standard