The Montana Medical Association announced on Thursday that it has filed a lawsuit against Montana officials for a newly enacted law that prohibits discrimination against those who have not been vaccinated, essentially obstructing employer-mandated vaccination requirements.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Montana District of Missoula by MMA and several clinics and individuals, is directed at HB 702 as it relates to state physicians and hospitals, according to a statement from MMA. Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen and State Commissioner for Labor and Industry Laurie Esau are named as defendants.
The trial, which does not seek to repeal the law signed by Governor Greg Gianforte on May 7, aims to "restore a physician's ability to protect the safety of his vulnerable patients when providing essential medical services," the statement said.
MMA states that the law "directly prohibits medical offices from pursuing long-standing evidence-based practices that create the safest environment possible for our patients and staff. This includes the ability to take reasonable mitigation measures if an employee has not been vaccinated against infectious diseases, such as rubella. , smallpox, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps and others. ”