Q: Are companies required to pay by law if you are off with COVID and unvaccinated. Vaccinated people get paid if off.
they have made it a policy that if vaccinated then you will get paid for being off with COVID and if unvaccinated you will not get paid. I see that as discrimination, that is no different than sexual preferences, race etc.
A: There is a big difference between this and sexual preferences, race. Federal law prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age (40+), religion, national origin, or disability. Discrimination on any basis other than against one of those special classes is perfectly legal. As an employer, I am free to discriminate against you because you are a Cubs fan, your failure to use deodorant, that ugly orange outfit you insist on wearing, or any other reason provided it isn't based on you being a member of one of those six (6) special protected classes. The class of folks that are or aren't vaccinated is not a protected class. Because of that, an employer is well within its rights to only offer to pay employees that are off due to COVID if they have obtained the vaccination.
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