Thousands of workers are facing the sack for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid – but one worker says she was fired because she did get the jab.

Lainie Chait, who has epilepsy, was working for Church of Ubuntu, a ‘spiritual and holistic wellness centre’ based in Newcastle as a client care consultant and claims she was let go because the church said vaccination was against its beliefs.

‘I absolutely don’t think it’s fair I was dismissed. Assisting people to wellness is about my knowledge and my experience, not about my choice to protect my brain,’ Ms Chait told Daily Mail Australia.  

Lainie Chait (pictured), who has epilepsy, said she was fired from her role as a client care consultant at an holistic wellness clinic because she was vaccinated against Covid

Lainie Chait (pictured), who has epilepsy, said she was fired from her role as a client care consultant at an holistic wellness clinic because she was vaccinated against Covid

Lainie Chait (pictured), who has epilepsy, said she was fired from her role as a client care consultant at an holistic wellness clinic because she was vaccinated against Covid 

She explained since being diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager she has had to make life-changing decisions to help her avoid seizures. 

Ms Chait said she has been researching and successfully using holistic and natural methods to support her treatment for 25 years rather than relying only on ‘Western medicine’, but in this case felt getting the Covid vaccine was the right choice for her. 

‘Having epilepsy, one of the symptoms can be a massive fever and my brain wouldn’t like that at all. Potentially it could cause serious seizures,’ she said.

‘And I felt a little backed into a corner, I wanted to be able to cross borders and to see family and friends.’ 

She said being fired in October ‘upturned her life’. 

The Church of Ubuntu promotes and sells alternative health remedies including a large variety of marijuana-based products and ‘works with a host of clinics, doctors, and practitioners’. 

Ms Chait said she was let go from her job in October after the church discovered she was vaccinated.  

She accused the organisation of being hypocritical and having double standards because it serves clients who are vaccinated but will not employ vaccinated staff. 

Ma Chait said Ubuntu offered her work with an affiliate company selling its products but would not directly employ her.

‘I declined. it didn’t make sense to me, it felt like they were trying to sweep their decision to discriminate against me under the rug,’ she said.

The organisation previously referred to vaccine mandates in the workforce as ‘medical apartheid’. 

The Church of Ubuntu wellness clinic (pictured) sells holistic and natural health products including a wide variety of hemp based items

The Church of Ubuntu wellness clinic (pictured) sells holistic and natural health products including a wide variety of hemp based items

The Church of Ubuntu wellness clinic (pictured) sells holistic and natural health products including a wide variety of hemp based items 

A letter from the Church of Ubuntu senior members outlining their position on vaccinations for employees said that the decision was reached after an ‘urgent meeting’ on October 11.

‘No committee members or full members can be accepted if they consciously chose to, and then complete injections, with any of the current or future planned injections purported to protect from the Covid-19/Sars Cov 2 virus,’ the letter said.

The organisation said the vaccine went against its beliefs and values and was ‘in contradiction with the constitution’. 

The Church of Ubuntu did not dispute letting Ms Chait go for her vaccine stance, but disputed she was ever an actual employee, just a subcontractor.

The organisation’s vaccine ban is despite its praise for Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who was publicly vaccinated earlier this year, before he died this week.

‘Unfortunately many great religious leaders and religious organisations are in their view unfortunately not honouring their original teachings in regards to the Covid-19 inoculations,’ it said.

Ms Chait will sue through the Fair Work Commission against Ubuntu and its president Barry Futter, who regularly posts on social media advocating for the legalisation of marijuana. 

She is seeking three months’ pay in damages and and back payments for superannuation and other entitlements she didn’t receive.

There has already been once conciliation meeting in December which Ubuntu did not attend and a second meeting is being organised. 

Ms Chait is considering further legal action if Ubuntu does not attend the second meeting.  

Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Church of Ubuntu for comment. 

Source: DailyMail

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