Two Beverly Hills Firefighters File Suit Challenging LA County Vaccine Mandate

Two Beverly Hills firefighters have filed suit challenging a vaccine mandate imposed by Los Angeles County on all health care workers. The suit was brought by Josh Sattley and Ettore Berardinelli, Jr., along with a non-profit, Protection for the Educational Rights of Kids (PERK), naming Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis, the county, and the city of Beverly Hills.

The suit contends Davis, as an unelected county official, lacked authority to issue the mandate; the mandate is illegal under California law; and that it violates the employees’ First and Fourteenth Amendment Rights. The mandate applies to all health care workers in the county including firefighters in cities such as Beverly Hills.

Here is a copy of the complaint.

About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 45 years of fire service experience and 35 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014, 4th ed. 2022) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.

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