Can Your Employer Make You Get the COVID Vaccine?
Recorded on May 5, 2021.
Can your employer force you to get the COVID vaccine? Attorney Paul Harding of Martin, Harding & Mazzotti, LLP is on the radio with WIZN to help explain the issue from a legal perspective.
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Joe: 106.7 WIZN and the Jake Geils Band. That’s Centerfold. Heard the Rolling Stones before that. I’m Joe Vega taking you through your Wednesday rock and ride home, and I’m joined now by Paul Harding from Martin, Harding & Mazzotti. Hello, Paul.
Atty Harding: Hey, Joe. How are you?
Joe: I’m doing great. So, I’m sorry to bother you, but somebody hit me with I thought a very interesting question the other day, and I figured I’d ask you.
Atty Harding: Sure.
Joe: Can your employer force you to get the COVID vaccine? Right?
Atty Harding: Yeah, it’s one of those things where the answer is, no, they can’t force you to get the vaccine but they can, in most cases, fire you if you don’t, and it’s an outrageous answer. Most people don’t think that’s not even possible, but unless you have a religious exception, or there’s an ADA issue, yeah. So, in essence, they’re not forcing you, but they’re kind of… You’re making that decision based on how much you want that job.
Joe: But, in essence, isn’t that kind of forcing you to get the COVID vaccine? Right? Either, I mean, like, they can’t hold you don’t and stick you with the needle, but they can fire you. That’s interesting.
Atty Harding: Yeah, sort of what’s happened in Europe. Right? So, we can go to Europe… Oh, if we have the vaccine. Right?
Atty Harding: So, otherwise, you’re not going to Europe this summer. So, it’s that same theme. I mean, obviously different employer/employee relationship, but they’re sort of, like, saying, “We’re not gonna do a federal mandate. but if you really want to go to the Yankee game, you may want to consider getting a vaccine.” So, it’s that theme, and I think we’re gonna see more and more of it as time goes on.
Joe: Okay. Well, there you go. Quick, simple answer on that one. I like it. Thank you very much, Paul. Paul Harding from Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti. Thanks for coming on.
Atty Harding: You’re welcome. Talk soon.
Joe: Remember, you can call Paul or any of the fine lawyers at Martin, Harding, & Mazzotti at 1-800-LAW-1010, or go online to 1800law1010.com. All right. Mel Allen takes over from here. He’s got music from Led Zeplin and 38 Special next.