In addition to Steve Burton and Ingo Rademacher being let go from «General Hospital,» two other crew members were also fired for failure to comply with the company’s mandate. They filed a lawsuit like Rademacher, claiming that the order was unconstitutional and didn’t respect their religious rights. Disney has since tried to have Rademacher’s lawsuit thrown out of court, and his lawyers recently filed an appeal to stop it. The motion argued that ABC’s claim that they fired Rademacher because he wouldn’t go along with the vaccine order was bogus, and the real reason was his political viewpoint. Because Rademacher had been open about supporting Donald Trump, the motion further goes on to explain that the show suddenly ran out of story ideas for Jax. ABC filed a counter-motion, doubting the veracity of Rademacher’s religious claim.
The company noted that they did allow religious exemption for a few employees that do not work on «GH.» ABC argued that Rademacher had since revised his religious viewpoint. Rademacher’s lawyer Scott J. Street is confident that they have a strong case against ABC. He spoke with Deadline, stating, «Our discovery has revealed that ABC got rid of Ingo because of his political views, views that the company disagreed with. We’re confident in the case that we build in the (discovery process) and we’re confident that the judge will give us a chance to present this case to a jury.»