A longtime Yankee Stadium waitress has sued the city over the COVID-19 jab mandate exemption given to NYC pro athletes and performers.
The MLB kicked off the 2022 season on Thursday, and unvaccinated Mets and Yankees players were permitted to suit up at home.
However, NYC's private sector COVID-19 jab mandate still applies to working-class citizens.
57-year-old Virginia Alleyne filed the lawsuit in hopes of overturning the "despicable" exemption given to wealthy athletes.
Yankee stadium waitress who has refused covid shot & been fired sues NYC arguing it’s impermissible for athletes to be exempt from vax rules while people like her aren’t. She’s right. Everyone in NYC fired over covid shots should be rehired with back pay: https://t.co/nIenNYf2ff
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) April 9, 2022
The New York Post reported:
Virginia Alleyne’s Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit claims Hizzoner’s exemption for athletes and performers is “arbitrary and capricious” and an “abuse of discretion.”
“For him to allow millionaires to work and to punish the workers who are the lifeblood of this city is just horrendous,” Alleyne told The Post.
“So many workers have lost their jobs, yet he’s rewarding the millionaires because he doesn’t want them coming after him,” she continued. “We are being punished by a blatant and egregious double standard.”
The 57-year-old Upper East Side single mom said she was placed on unpaid leave from her job as a waitress at the stadium’s high-end restaurant Legends Suite Club in September because she is unvaccinated.
Adams, meanwhile, has taken a lot of heat [and rightfully so] in the last couple of weeks since he created a vaccine exemption for performers and athletes in the city. That meant that Nets guard Kyrie Irving was now allowed to play in home games at the Barclays center and any unvaccinated Mets and Yankees players could play in home games at Citi Field and Yankee Stadium respectively.
While it’s great to see athletes in the prime of their lives with COVID-19 at virtually no harm back on the court/field, it’s despicable that the thousands of others are still restricted from making a living. It’s nonsensical and frankly, reeks of Adams staying up on his high horse.
That continues to leave everyday unvaccinated workers like Alleyne within the private-sector, barred from going to work. Even after 17 years of working at Legends, she finds herself struggling to make a living and take care of her 15-year-old autistic son.
“I was literally begging for my job and I knew I am not going to be able to take care of my son,” Alleyne said. “I’ve been struggling. I can barely make ends meet. Everybody else folded. Everyone chose to make money. I chose to starve because of the principle.”