The Villages, FL asked in Employment Law for Florida

Q: As an employee who is currently working 100% remotely, can by company mandate that I get a COVID vaccine now?

My job is currently 100% remote and has been since March of 2020. We are so “remote” we are not even allowed into our former office building to retrieve personal or work related items. There are currently no dates or plans for us to return to working on-site. They are now mandating that even if you are working remotely, you must get the COVID vaccine or they will terminate your employment. I understand their legal right if I am working on-site, but with working remotely, I do not see the BFOQ. Is this mandate legal for remote workers?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick
  • Tallahassee, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Your employer's "legal right" to terminate you is absolute in Florida. It has nothing to do with whether you are working remote or not.

Warning: They are probably mandating the vaccine in order to find out who the naysayers and vaccine resisters are so they can thin the herd and get rid of them before bringing the smart employees back in.

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