Bremerton, WA asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: I am a federal government employee. I am being forced to wear a mask because I will not get the COVID-19 "vaccination"

Wearing the cloth masks required do not prevent the COVID-19 virus from being breathed in. What legal grounds justify I wear something that does not protect me

2 Lawyer Answers
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
Answered
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: As an employee you must comply with the dress code and uniform requirements of your employer. If the your employer required you to wear foil hats to prevent alien intrusion into your brain, you wear the aluminum hat. That is the nature of the employer-employee relationship. You do not get to decide what to wear or not.

By the way, your employer has the legal right to fire you for refusing the vaccine unless your reason for refusal is based on a genuine medical disability or a closely held religious belief, and even then the employer is not required to simply allow you to walk around unvaccinated and unmasked.

Be careful here. Good luck to you.

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson
Answered

A: While the Covid-19 vaccine is a new vaccine, legal precedent dictates that employers can require employees to get vaccinated unless those employees have a qualifying religious or medical exemption. In addition, employers can set dress codes for their employees, which may include wearing a mask, whether or not the mask has been proven successful in preventing Covid-19 disease. Your employer may also legally fire you for refusing to wear the mask; they don’t need any more justification than that.

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