Updated: May 19
How Workplace Vaccine Requirements Play Into California Employment Law
At the moment, workplace vaccine requirements are at the hands of your employer. In other words, they have the choice to make vaccines mandatory and subsequently have the right to fire you should you not comply.
Here are some of the most crucial information you need to know about workplace vaccine requirements in California, how they're implemented, and what possible changes might happen.
Can I Get Fired For Refusing To Get Vaccinated In California?
While your boss can't restrain you and forcefully make you get vaccinated, The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) allows them the right to fire you for non-compliance. Hence, if your employer has a workplace vaccination mandate, you'll be subject to the policies that your employer chooses to implement.
That said, there are exemptions to these mandatory vaccination policies. For example, if you have valid health concerns or religious reasons, your employer won't be able to fire or suspend you for non-compliance. Additionally, anything that violates policies under the Americans with Disabilities Act on its own (ADA) is also considered illegal.
Can You Sue Your Employer For Making Vaccination Mandatory?
You can. There is no policy or regulation that prevents you from doing so. However, keep in mind that the federal government supports COVID 19 immunization programs that are mandatory. Employers have the power to fire employees who refuse to cooperate unless they qualify for one of the exemptions.
If you qualify for medical or religious exemptions, though, you may have a case. If this is the case, contact a California Employment Attorney for assistance with a potential employment case.