I’ve been betrayed AGAIN by my employer.
My employer just emailed everyone in our company that they’re ending their vaccine mandate.
This mandate was to protect me. I felt safer at work knowing all my coworkers were vaccinated. I know when I go into stores, I feel safer when the staff wears masks.
I asked my boss why we were eliminating the mandate when unvaccinated coworkers could contract COVID and put the rest of us at risk. He said our company needs to attract new employees, some of whom won’t get vaccinations.
I asked him, “What about us?”
He said, “Your vaccinations protect you. If you do get COVID, it won’t be serious.”
I dug through my inbox and found my employer’s one page email detailing how the vaccine mandate was necessary to protect us. Is this the wave of the future despite the new variants that are sweeping through the country? How can I fight this?
Yes, it’s a wave of the future.
Many employers are rolling back their vaccine mandates. Less than 40% of employers require their employers to get vaccinated.1
As you suspect, employers like yours could lose long-term employees who felt safer when you knew your coworkers were vaccinated.
Further, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, allowing unvaccinated employees in the workplace increases the risk that employees will get infected and spread contagion. During the Omicron wave, unvaccinated individuals were five times as likely to become infected as did fully vaccinated individuals.2
Here’s what you can do—request the flexibility to work from home.
You have leverage. According to risk and liability experts, employers that roll back their vaccine mandates may face liability from employees who don’t want to work in alongside unvaccinated coworkers.3 When their employers don’t allow them to work remotely and terminate them for not coming onto the company worksite, it potentially creates liability for unfair firing due to retaliation.3
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