Former scout sues Nationals after being fired for refusing vaccine

A former Washington Nationals scout who was fired after refusing to receive the COVID-19 vaccine has filed a workplace discrimination lawsuit against the franchise, claiming its vaccination policy was “needlessly harsh and inflexible” to certain employees.

Benny Gallo, described as a “devout Christian” in a suit filed against the Nationals in US District Court in the District of Columbia, is seeking to have his employment reinstated, backpay awarded, and restitution for the “malicious deprivation of his rights” after his September 2021 firing.

In August 2021, employees were informed they must present proof of full vaccination by September 26 or face termination. A number of non-compliant baseball operations staffers were fired or left the franchise, including veteran baseball man Bob Boonean adviser to general manager Mike Rizzo.

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