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Fired for refusing a Covid vaccine? You likely can’t get unemployment benefits
Oct 07, 2021 | CNBC
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As businesses and lawmakers increasingly require workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine, thousands of holdouts are losing their jobs — and they likely can't collect unemployment benefits.

However, there may be exceptions, depending on a worker's situation, according to employment experts. Some state legislatures are trying to change their rules altogether.

"If you don't want to be vaccinated, don't have a religious or disability exemption, and you lose your job, chances are you will be found ineligible for unemployment compensation," said Christopher Moran, a partner and employment attorney at law firm Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders.

Northwell Health, the largest health-care provider in New York, recently terminated 1,400 unvaccinated workers. ChristianaCare, Novant Health and UCHealth System — health providers in Delaware, North Carolina and Colorado, respectively — cut more than 100 workers each.

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