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Can Employers Ask Candidates About Vaccination Status? (Podcast)

Oct. 5, 2021, 7:30 PM

When some companies started implementing vaccine mandates on their employees, it was only a matter of time before they applied the same rules to their job applicants as well. According to a recent survey, nearly one third of employers are now disqualifying candidates who cannot or will not confirm that they’ve received a Covid-19 vaccine.

Bloomberg Law’s Erin Mulvaney is reporting on this trend. Her sources say discriminating against unvaccinated candidates likely doesn’t violate civil or disability rights laws. But they also say it does matter when in the hiring process an employer asks an applicant about their status. Mulvaney discusses the legal issues around hiring and vaccines in this week’s episode of our weekly legal news podcast, On The Merits.

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