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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can I get fired for not getting the Covid vaccine?
Jay P. Lechner Esq.
Jay P. Lechner Esq. answered on Jul 25, 2021

Under Florida law, private employers generally may require employees to be vaccinated as long as accommodations are made for disability or religious objections, as recently described by EEOC. Under federal law, there have been recent challenges under 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3, which addresses the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Native American Law for California on
Q: Can my employer force me to wear a mask and threaten termination if I have a medical condition?
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 27, 2021

Your employer can require you to wear a mask. If you have a medical note indicating that you cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition, that does not mean you get to take the mask off and work like you did before the pandemic. Rather, the employer as the obligation at that time to determine... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: i was talked into applying for unemployment during the pandemic when they were giving extra money but i am on ssdi am i

commiting fraud and what can i do about it

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 9, 2021

Contact the EDD and arrange to give back the money you should not have received. If you did not qualify for UI benefits, that is your only option short of waiting to be the subject of a reimbursement action.

And do not think that blaming your conduct on someone else for talking you into...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for California on
Q: Manager @ CA Regional RV Park covered up an employee Cov-19 OUTBREAK. Endangering 200+ residents. This can’t be legal!

Manager hosted internal company party while gov. ordinances, i.e. “no social gatherings” were in full effect. Masks not enforced. 9 employees contracted Covid-19 at this party.

Facility falsely reported only ONE Covid positive case.

Employees were laid-off for a month to... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Jun 9, 2021

more info needed.

you can always petition or sue for anything.......whether you can get a lawyer to take the case on a contingency AND collect anything is another story.

i would think contacting the owner of the establishment would make the most sense.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Health Care Law for New Jersey on
Q: Q: Can I as a hospital employee bring a lawsuit against the hospital for trying to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine?

According to our US Constitution, Federal and State Citied Laws, this is absolutely illegal and unlawful to require or lose your job.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 2, 2021

It is not unlawful for your employer to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. However, your employer is obligated to consider exemption requests if they are based on medical or religious reasons.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have the right to NOT answer the ? if I have had the covid vaccine to my employer?

I agreed to still wear a mask but was told if I don’t answer the assessment questions then I cannot work.

Can they discriminate against me for that?

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel answered on May 22, 2021

You do not have to answer. However, the employer can terminate you for not answering.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Is New Jersey an “at will” state? Does an employer have any right to mandate the experimental Covid shot?
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin
Lisa I. Fried-Grodin answered on May 20, 2021

New Jersey is an at-will state, but that does not apply to employees who have a contract with the employer, and it does not permit employers to terminate employees for unlawful reasons, such as retaliation or discrimination. Employers have the right to mandate that employees get the COVID-19... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can employers make you get Covid shot? Feeling singled out, belittled, bullied.

My daughter has had Covid, works in Mi and her and another not wanting shot at this time in their life. What are the rights protecting from being forced? Does this medical info (personal) fall under hippa being told by boss that it does not? Can I get fired for not having Covid shot? MI is at will... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on May 19, 2021

You are correct that Michigan is an at-will state. Her employer can mandate that she get the COVID vaccination, unless she has a medical or religious reason for not wanting to do so. If either of those apply to her, you should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss her rights... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer make you get a covid vaccine for employment consideration? Sounds discriminatory to me.
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 18, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. However, there are two exceptions to this general rule. If you have a religious objection to receiving the vaccine, or if you suffer from a disability that renders you unable to receive the vaccine, you can request an exemption from this requirement as... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Gov & Administrative Law for California on
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

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 18, 2021

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... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Am I entitled to COVID sick leave pay if I was dr-exempted from work but I quit 2 wks BEFORE the new law came out?

i was off work accordingly to my doctor's exemption note from 1/21/21 - 2/11/21. I went back to work from 2/12/21 until about 3/10/21 which was my last day. The new 2021 covid law came out 3/29/21. Do I still get paid for my sick covid?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 17, 2021

That is unlikely. The new law would have covered you if you had to miss work due to doctor ordered quarantine but because you quit before the law went into effect, you are not going to be eligible. Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Elder Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: This is extremely complicated and Covid related. At beginning of pandemic all persons over 60 laid off for months

Upon returning - we were required to disinfect all areas between patients with new disinfectants, masks and shields. By afternoon this had me vomiting violently. Sent home on many occasions suspected of infection. Occupational Medicine would not see me. I was consistently approved for time off... Read more »

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on May 11, 2021

That is indeed a complicated set of facts. It sounds like your doctor has indicated your condition is related to a work related chemical exposure. As such, this may be considered a work injury. If you have not already provided notice to your employer of a work injury, you have 120 days from the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Nevada on
Q: Hair stylist friend fired without being told why she is being fired.

A friend of mine who is a hair stylist was recently fired from her job without being told why, she got COVID a few months back and when she returned everyone was mad at her and wanted her fired, she attempted per her boss to fix the issue and noone would talk to her, now she was given a notice is... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 11, 2021

Unfortunately, employers are not required to provide a reason for termination in at-will employment states. However, if your friend suspects she was fired because she had COVID or for a discriminatory reason (i.e. based on race, sex, age, disability, or religion), then she should consult a Nevada... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I’m being terminated at my job because I got a covid19 test at a medstat clinic for taking time off with flu-like sympt

I’m being fired because I didn’t inform them medstat had made me take a Covid test. Took my test 3/16, informed boss of positive results 3/22 when they came in.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 7, 2021

You have asked no question. If you are wondering if it is lawful for your employer to terminate you because you did not disclose that you were having flu-like symptoms until 6 days later after you got the test results, the answer is yes. In this pandemic, employers have the awesome responsibility... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my manager for hipaa violation?

I took a covid test and my manager sent me a text saying she “snuck on the covid site and seen my results” without me asking her to do so.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on May 4, 2021

No. HIPAA is a medical provider and insurer statute, not an employer statute. However there are laws that protect an employee's medical privacy. That said, in today's climate there is nothing unlawful about an employer knowing your status as infected or not with the virus. Anyway, the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Company keeping vacation time. Is this legal?

Company is based in Florida. Company asked employees to take vacation time (without taking days off) last year to “get the dollars off the year end books” with a promise to make it up to employees post-pandemic. Just announced everyone who gave up time will get 2 additional days this year, but... Read more »

Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow answered on May 3, 2021

From the employee's perspective, it depends. Generally the employer and employee can agree to modify the employment relationship anytime.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for New York on
Q: if on STD and HR calls and says someone one saw you at the hotel you stay at while working is that legal? I had a stroke

Called once to see how I was than immediately called back stating someone saw me and explain

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Apr 27, 2021

It could depend on the timeline and the severity. And those are things that a physician, not an attorney, is qualified to speak about meaningfully. The fact that you were at a hotel, in and of itself, is not evidence of the absence of a disability. Your post remains open for two weeks. Consider... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to fire a worker for catching covid and potentially exposing people on accident?

This is in Michigan. My friend was last in work on Friday and had symptoms starting Sunday the. called into work on Monday and hasn’t gone in since the Friday she left. She was fired on Tuesday for the reasons being “You caught covid and potentially exposed me and my family” they terminated... Read more »

Jay D Mukerji
Jay D Mukerji answered on Apr 21, 2021

I am sorry to hear about this situation. It is impossible to answer without more details. Without knowing all the details, At-will employment means an employer can fire a person at any time for any reason except an illegal one. There are numerous conflicting policies/laws at play, including... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my husband's company require him to get the COVID vaccine? It's a private company with over 25 employees.

We are declining the vaccine based on our religious beliefs. Is this a violation of The Title VII inequality act of 1964? He was told he can work from home, but NEVER return to the office if he does not get the vaccine. Is this legal?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Apr 15, 2021

An employer can require its employees to get a vaccination with the exception of the employee having a medical condition or in some instances, a religious belief. I don't see an issue with the employer requiring him to work from home. More information may be needed however. I would reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Maryland on
Q: can my employer force us and make it mandatory to get the covid vaccine or be fired

my job made it mandtatory to get the vaccine or lose your job...is that legal? can they do that?

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 14, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. However, there are two main exceptions: (1) if you have a disability that renders you unable to receive the vaccine; or (2) if you have a religious objection to the vaccine. If you fall under one or both of these, then you are permitted to request an... Read more »

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