“I violated my faith because my employer made me choose between my God and my job, a decision that nearly cost me my life,” she says.
A flight attendant is suing “a major airline” over its vaccine mandate after she experienced severe adverse reactions from the jab.
Lisa Williams, a Tampa-based flight attendant of 31 years, said at a press conference Monday that she is part of a coalition of airline employees – including pilots – filing a lawsuit against a “major U.S. airline” for forcing her to get the injection or face unpaid leave.
“I’m here as a representative for Airline Employees for Health Freedom, a group of over 2,000 of my coworkers who are suing our airline for unreasonable accommodations of indefinite unpaid leave in lieu of taking the vaccine,” Williams said.
“We are not anti-vaccine. We are anti-mandate,” Williams said. “My employer has done everything possible to prevent folks like me from exercising our Title 7 rights to protect our faith and our medical autonomy on the American with Disabilities Act.”
Williams went on to describe how the airline threatened employees with termination or loss of benefits if they refused the jab.
“People were told that they were effectively resigning, would never fly again, or would lose their retirement if they didn’t take the shot,” she said. “The lies and the pressure was unbearable.”
Williams explained how she “caved under duress” to the airline and took the Johnson & Johnson vaccine after missing the religious exemption deadline, but soon after was rushed to the hospital and almost died from the shot.
“That was the single worst decision of my life,” Williams said. “I violated my faith because my employer made me choose between my God and my job, a decision that nearly cost me my life.”
“Every day the side effects linger and I suffer chronic pain,” she explained, adding that the airline won’t provide medical compensation and they won’t “acknowledge their role” in her suffering.
“Employees must have the right to choose what’s best for their individual faith and for their personal medical situations,” she concluded.
Though Williams didn’t specifically name the airline during the presser, she’s believed to be an employee for United Airlines, according to Florida Politics.
This comes after a federal court of appeals temporarily blocked Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate pending further review, citing “grave constitutional” issues.
But Biden told companies on Monday to defy the court order and continue imposing unconstitutional vaccine mandates on workers.