Brooklyn woman says she was fired for reluctance to take COVID-19 vaccine |

Brooklyn woman says she was fired for reluctance to take COVID-19 vaccine

Updated: February 17, 2021 11:23 PM
Created: February 17, 2021 07:23 PM

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (NBCNC) — A former waitress in Brooklyn says that her uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 vaccine cost her her job.

Bonnie Jacobson emphasized that she is not an anti-vaxxer, but rather has been planning and trying to have a child for about a year.

The restaurant she worked at told her in an email Monday that they respected her choice not to get the vaccine, but they've made the vaccine a requirement.

Companies can fire you for not getting the vaccine, but the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says there's more to it than that.

"Before you terminate anybody, you have to really be able to show why that particular person is going to pose a significant, or they call it a direct threat," employment attorney Felicia Ennis said.

"I was just like wow, really? I worked for you through a pandemic," Jacobson said. "I'm not out for a lawsuit. I'm not out for money, I want to make that clear, I think it's an important story."

The move highlights the difficult dilemma employers now face trying to ensure workplace safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says getting vaccinated is "a personal choice for people who are pregnant," and that "the actual risks of mRNA vaccines to the pregnant woman and her fetus are unknown because these vaccines have not been studied in pregnant women."

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