Like It or Not, Minnesota Employers Can Require You to Be Vaccinated
It may have been hanging in a legal gray area before, but now that the FDA has finally given it's full approval to the Pfizer vaccine, it looks like your employer has a legal right to terminate your employment it you refuse to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
Yesterday, after the news of the FDA approval, President Biden encouraged U.S. employers and state and local leaders to require their employees be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.
The big question, is it legal? It appears that it is legal for an employer to require employees to be vaccinated. Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota are already on board with requiring it's employees and students be fully vaccinated.
It's not going to stop there. I can see more and more businesses jumping on board and requiring either that employees and customers are vaccinated or have a regular tests for COVID.
Law professor at the University of Minnesota, Jill Hasday told WCCO she thinks vaccine mandates will become more prevalent in businesses.
“As more employers have vaccine mandates that creates more vaccine mandates in the sense of…you might not want to be the first one, but when there’s a wave of them, it’s easier to join that wave,” she said.
Does this mean that your employer can terminate you for not being vaccinated? Sure does! It's legal to require employees to be vaccinated and, yes, it's also legal for your employer to fire you for not being vaccinated.
Employees can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all. Since most of us not under some sort of employment contract, are what they call "at will" employees.
If you are still not vaccinated, it may be time to weigh your options.
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