Can an employer force you to get a vaccine?

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Can an employer force you to get a vaccine?

There is an outbreak of mumps in Washington state can my husband’s
workplace force him to get the mumps vaccine? I am sure he has had
the immunization he is 56 but we don’t have proof

Asked on January 19, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Washington

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A worker can be disciplined (suspended or terminated) for not getting a mandatory vaccine. An in order to protect co-workers, clients, etc. His only recourse here would be if he has a union agreement/employment contract that states otherwise. Also, his treatment must not constitute some form of legally actionable discrimination.retaliation (e.g. getting this vaccine runs counter to his religious beliefs, etc.). Otherwise, I'm afraid that if you refuse them, you can be lawfully terminated. As an "at will" worker, your husband's company can set the conditions of his employment much as it sees fit.


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