(TJVNEWS.COM) Bonnie Jacobson, of Brooklyn, said she was unexpectedly terminated from Red Hook Tavern on Monday, days after she expressed concern about how the vaccine affects fertility, NBC reported.
This signals what could become an enormous ethical and business issue in the very near future: mandatory vaccines for continued employment.
Daily Mail reported:
Jacobson says at the time vaccines had not been mandated and she’d expressed to a manager at a follow-up meeting a desire to research the vaccine, as she and her husband had been trying to conceive a child.
While a manager at the time reportedly sympathized with her, another email on Feb. 12 ordered employees to receive the jabs.
“Please be advised that we will require that all employees receive the vaccination,” the email stated, according to the Daily Mail.
“This will be mandatory for all existing employees and any new hires. The exception to this policy will be if your own personal health or disability prohibits you from obtaining this vaccination. We encourage you to consult your healthcare professional to determine if getting a vaccine is right for you.”
NBC reported, that Jacobson does not want her job back, but wishes the issue of mandatory vaccines and employment would be handled better in the future.
New York City’s NBC outlet reported:
Red Hook Tavern’s owner Billy Durney acknowledged that the situation could have been handled differently.
“Once New York state allowed restaurant workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to put a plan in place to keep our team and guests safe. No one has faced these challenges before and we made a decision that we thought would best protect everyone,” he said in an emailed statement.
“And, we now realize that we need to update our policy so it’s clear to our team how the process works and what we can do to support them. We’re making these changes immediately.”
As more citizens get the COVID vaccine, and more of life returns to normalcy, this hot-button issue on mandatory vaccinations is bound to wind up in courtrooms across the world