Orlando, FL asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida

Q: Hello I have a question. Regarding COVID 19 vaccine mandates in Florida.

Hello I have a question. I live in the state of Florida. I was offered a position for a new job, my background cleared and is at 100% completion with no discrepancies. I was called by the company stating I answered no to their question for vaccine. I told her that is correct and also informed I live in a state in which is not mandated to get vaccinated. I did read something that says federal judge block the vaccine mandate in Florida. I would like to know if I have a case?

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

A: Assuming that you never got the job you applied for. the answer is no, you have no case. Why?

Because Florida is an “at-will” state, which means private employers are free to hire, promote, demote, suspend, terminate, reinstate, and rehire employees for any reason—or for no reason--at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing employers cannot lawfully do is to make any of these employment decisions solely based upon the employee’s race, gender, age, national origin, handicap, disability, religion, or whether single or married or pregnant.

So it really does not matter whether you were not hired because you have not been vaccinated because the employer can refuse to hire you for no reason.

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