On June 12, 2021, a Texas federal judge issued one of the first rulings on a challenge to a mandatory vaccination policy. U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes of the Southern District of Texas dismissed a lawsuit brought by 116 employees of Houston Methodist Hospital who refused to get vaccinated against COVID-19 following a mandate by the hospital. The policy provided employees with a deadline to receive any of the three available COVID-19 vaccinations. Once the deadline had passed, the hospital suspended the refusing employees for 14 days without pay for failure to meet the deadline.

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* Special thanks to Summer Associate Caitlin Sophy-Croley for her valuable contributions to this GT Alert.

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Photo of Whitney Bly Edwards, Ph.D. Whitney Bly Edwards, Ph.D.

Whitney Bly Edwards is a member of the Labor & Employment Practice in Greenberg Traurig’s Atlanta office. Prior to joining the Firm, she defended medical practitioners facing professional liability claims and represented healthcare facilities in litigation.

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Jordan W. Cowman Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. A long-time U.S. business representative to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Jordan is sought after by businesses when issues arise concerning…

Jordan W. Cowman Co-Chairs the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s International Employment, Immigration & Workforce Strategies group. A long-time U.S. business representative to the United Nations’ International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland, Jordan is sought after by businesses when issues arise concerning international and cross-border employment matters, corporate social responsibility, international corporate campaigns and other international labor and employment matters that arise. He has assisted clients with business combinations, merger and acquisition due diligence, and has advised clients on supply chain issues and the eradication of forced labor. Jordan is sought after by clients around the world for insight on their worldwide operations and direction on matters related to managing a global workforce. Jordan has experience tackling legal issues in 50+ countries, including Europe, Africa, South America and Asia. In the U.S., Jordan handles management-side labor and employment law advice, counseling, and litigation for a broad range of organizations. During more than two decades of practice, he has gained a national reputation for his practical, strategic approach to employment law issues.
Jordan handles diverse employment matters, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination cases, wage and hour compliance, labor arbitration cases, trade secret and non-competition cases, as well as internal corporate investigations. He also counsels employers concerning day-to-day human resources issues as well as myriad legal requirements in the workplace, particularly related to significant operational changes such as mergers, acquisitions, business relocations and reductions in force.