Need suggestions for “reasonable accommodations” to avoid covid vaccination
Need ideas, please…
One of my husband’s employers is trying to force all employees to get vaccinated. My husband works remotely from his home office for all of his employers/clients, has never set foot in an office for this employer (or any of his other employers/clients), and never will, yet this particular employer is still making covid vaccination a requirement of his employment. (It remains to be seen if any of his other employers/clients will try to do this as well.)
He has pushed back and threatened to quit, and thankfully he is an essential member of his team, so his manager is extremely worried at the moment, having just realized that my husband might actually quit over this. Unfortunately, this is a huge company (among the largest in the world) so being an essential member of an essential team (managing server infrastructure for the entire company) still means you are one little nobody in the grand scheme of things.
So although my husband’s manager is trying to find a way around this insanity for my husband, we know that we also need to look for what things might fall under the “reasonable accommodation” exemption to this employer mandate. Does anyone have any ideas for what he might try to do or to claim in order to keep his job without being subjected to an experimental medical procedure?
He can tell them that he will not be getting the vaccine and intends to continue to work for them – basically implying that they will have to fire him. He can then inform them that he has obtained legal council to represent him should they terminate him. It would probably be best to back this up by actually doing that.
From there I’m not sure how much of his hand to play other than suggesting that he will be both looking at the legality of their mandate as well as the actual risks of the vaccine.
The religious exemption is the best/ strongest option at this point.
See if the company will change his status to “Outside Consultant” who is always remote via internet and secured server networks. Change his status from an employee to an outside service contractor, who receives a 1099…and has a contract of service with the company, whose terms are commensurate with his usual compensation, but determined by contractual billings, detailed in the new agreement. A monthly fee, or charge, paid in gross amounts, with no withholdings, exactly like any other contracted company.
Naturally, he could ask for MORE MONEY as he would no longer be using company benefits, or employer payroll contributions. Roll whatever retirement funds over into a new account, or cash out.
Why in the world would anyone not want to get vaccinated? We are talking about more than work, but helping to keep all our friends and neighbors safe. If you believe in building community then get vaccinated.
The vaccine doesn’t stop you from getting it or spreading SARSCOV2. So the “help the community” line is crap.
Hi Jillian my husband got a religious exemption and he agreed to testing once a week and wearing a mask,, he is in the office. He’s already had covid and even if there were a good vaccine that was safe, it wouldn’t make sense for him to have a vaccine since he’s already developed natural immunity. We used Pacific Justice Institute to craft the religious exemption. Due the fact that your husband telecommutes he may not need to make any accommodations. He should definitely not quit nor should threaten to quit, that has always been the advice given to us. Check out pacificjustice.org they have good resources and also have recordings of their zoom sessions they do every two or three weeks, the most recent ones have all been on vaccine mandates and getting a religious exemption.
Thank You Josh for the great Post! Hugely appreciated! Stay well