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Mandatory Vaccinations and Unemployment

More Business Owners are requiring their Workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to stay employed. Anne Paxton with the Unemployment Law Project says she and her Colleagues have been working tirelessly throughout this Pandemic. The Group has been helping folks with free legal advice after they’ve been denied an Unemployment Claim through the State.

While the backlog of unemployment claims is already high thanks to COVID-19, the people who opt out of the vaccine against the Virus could soon present another problem. This is because some may think that if they choose not to get the vaccine and their Employer starts requiring the shot in order to work and they get fired, they can fall back on Unemployment. Paxton says those people would be in for a rude awakening. Paxton saying: “Most states would find the employee is disqualified from benefits if they are fired for refusing a vaccination.”

Though in Washington, this is a bit of a gray area. According to Paxton and the Washington Employment Security Department, if a Business requires its Workers to get vaccinated and a person doesn’t get the shot because of Medical Reasons or Religious Exemptions, they could still potentially get Unemployment if they’re fired. If it’s more for Political reasons, it’s probably getting denied. Paxton saying “I think it’s pretty common sense that a Public Health measure like a required vaccination is a legitimate reason for an Employer to make a kind of concerted requirement.”

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