Much (Illinois): Declining a Shot in the Arm: What Employers Should Do When Employees Refuse Vaccines

Even before the pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and courts nationwide recognized that employees – even nurses and CNAs – had a right to refuse to take a vaccine because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical reason. Those exceptions apply to refusals to take the COVID-19 vaccine, too. Firing or otherwise disciplining employees who have a legitimate religious exemption violates federal civil rights laws; firing or otherwise disciplining employees who have a legitimate medical exemption violates the Americans with Disabilities Act. MORE.

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