New York City's vaccine mandate has crippled the livelihood of thousands of people. Mayor Eric Adams still contends that every classification of employer (except athletes and entertainers) needs to be vaccinated to earn a living, a hypocritical reality that has rightfully irked a large number of New Yorkers.
Virginia Alleyne worked for 17 years at the Legends Suite Club in Yankees Stadium, but was recently laid off because she chose to remain unvaccinated. Alleyne is one of 1,400 employees in NYC who have been laid off as a result of the mandate.
Meanwhile, roughly 50,000 fans packed Yankee Stadium each day of their three-game home series against the Boston Red Sox last weekend, who also did not have to worry about their vaccination status. But because of logic based on "the science," Alleyne currently has no way to support herself or her autistic 15-year-old son.
"For him to allow millionaires to work and to punish the workers who are the lifeblood of this city is just horrendous," Alleyne said.
Frankly, she's right.
People like Alleyne are just struggling to get by and make ends meet, but because they do not get the jab, now they have to wonder where their next paycheck will come from.
Fortunately, she is not just one citizen whose plight will go unnoticed by the world.
New York City attorney James Mermigis, who has earned the nickname "Anti-shutdown lawyer" for backing a slew of litigation against NYC's mandates, has filed a class-action lawsuit in support of Alleyne.
In a statement on Friday, he swung for the fences in ripping Adams for his double-standard of a mandate. He said, "Today is opening day. Everyone will be back at Yankee stadium except my client. Fifty thousand fans will be cheering in Yankee Stadium without regard to vaccination status, but my client remains unemployed."
Mermigis added that the lawsuit is being filed with the intent of being a rallying cry for the other employees who have been negatively impacted by the mandate.