Tri-State Companies Can Require Employees To Get Vaccinated

As more companies require vaccines, what rights do employees have?

Posted: Aug 4, 2021 5:30 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2021 10:12 PM

As more Tri-State companies require their employees to get vaccinated, the debate on employee's rights rages on.

Kentucky and Indiana are both at-will employment states, meaning employers have the right to discipline or terminate for any reason.

Things such as age, race and disibility are protected by the law and are not grounds for termination.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has looked in to the subject of vaccinations and decided that employers do have the right to force employees to get vaccinated.

These laws apply primarily to private and public companies, according to Austin Vowels, an attorney at Vowels Law PLC.

"If you think, 'I'm going to refuse to get this vaccination or I'm going to refuse to wear a mask, and I'm going to be protected,' the answer is no. The answer is you're not protected. Your employer can require you to do those things as a condition of your continued employment," Vowels told 44News.

For more information on rights held by employees, visit the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's website.

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