Fired for Refusing the Vaccine? Don’t Count on Unemployment Benefits

October 13, 2021

Workers who are fired for refusing to get inoculated against COVID-19 need not apply — for unemployment benefits.

Not being eligible for government assistance if you lose your job for being unvaccinated is yet another indicator that the cost of forgoing the vaccine is rising in the U.S.

“The general proposition is that it is lawful for an employer to mandate the vaccine and so if an employee doesn’t get it, it’s a choice,” said Domenique Camacho Moran, a labor attorney at New York-based law firm Farrell Fritz. “It’s like saying, ‘I don’t want this job, thank you.’ It’s being treated like a voluntary quit.”

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  • Featured Attorneys: Domenique Camacho Moran
  • Publications: CBS News