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Refusing to Wear a Mask at Work Could Get Employees Fired

May 20, 2020, 10:56 AM

Workers who don’t want to wear mandatory face coverings during the pandemic have scant legal options to avoid discipline for failing to comply. That type of mandatory safety measure is a term of employment that can justify a termination if it’s broken.

Follow the Rules: “In essence, they’re saying ‘I really don’t want to work here,’” Katherine Dudley Helms of Ogletree Deakins said of workers who won’t follow masking rules.

Limited Exceptions: Workers might be able to avoid mandatory face-covering requirements in limited circumstances, such as if they have a medical condition or a religious reason that prevents wearing a ...