Nurse Kaci Hickox on Thursday announced that she filed a legal complaint over being quarantined in New Jersey by the order of Governor Chris Christie, now a Republican presidential candidate.
Hickox asserted that she was quarantined and isolated despite having shown no signs of Ebola.
"This case is about liberty and freedom," said Norman Siegel, Hickox's attorney. "It's also about accountability, holding even governors accountable for their violations of citizens' constitutional rights."
Hickox headed to her home in Maine, after she finished her job in Sierra Leone 12 months ago, but she was detained upon arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport even though she did not have any symptoms of Ebola and then she was isolated for 3 days in a tent at Newark’s University Hospital.
She fought the decision and attracted public attention to her fight against the state, which enforces harsh restrictions on health staff who come back from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.
A few states impose obligatory quarantines on health care workers who return from 3 West African countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Because of this process, federal government was perceived as demoralizing medical volunteers.