What Connecticut Employees Need to Know About COVID-19

Amanda DeMatteis and Josh Goodbaum explain the COVID-19 Vaccine & Returning to Work

Apr 15 2021

Amanda DeMatteis: Hi, Josh.

Josh Goodbaum: Hi, Amanda.

DeMatteis: I hear we’re going to talk about some COVID-related issues today.

Goodbaum: Yeah, so we’re living in the age of a pandemic – kind of unbelievable – and so I thought we might try to answer a question that often comes up from people working through a pandemic. We’ve got this vaccine now – we actually have several of them – and now people are trying to figure out whether to get the vaccine and, in particular, they are asking, “Can my employer force me to get the vaccine in order to return to work?” So, what’s the answer to that question?

DeMatteis: The simple answer to that question is: Yes, your employer can require you to get the vaccine. But there’s two really critical exceptions to that. The first is if you have a sincerely held religious belief and the second is if you are suffering from a disability that would prevent you from getting the vaccine. So, two things you need to do if you fall into either of those categories. Number one, you have to tell your employer, right? “Hey, I have a sincerely held religious belief,” or “Hey, I have a disability.” You’ve got to put them on notice. Number two, you need to ask for a reasonable accommodation. Maybe that’s just continuing to use PPE in the workplace; maybe it’s social distancing; maybe it isn’t getting the vaccine. You have to work through that with your employer. But those are two critical things: Put them on notice, and ask for a reasonable accommodation.

Goodbaum: Okay, so really good answer to that question. For the majority of people, the answer is going to be you can lose your job if you refuse to get the vaccine. But if you’ve got a sincerely held religious belief or you’re a person who lives with a disability that could interact negatively with the vaccine, then you’ve got some options, and there’s a process you can go through. So hopefully that’s helpful, useful information for you. If you want some more information, feel free to head to our website, garrisonlaw.com. Take care now.

DeMatteis: Take care.

Share this Post

You deserve justice. We are here to fight for you.

Let Us Review Your Case

We will respond to your message promptly. Although we will keep your message strictly confidential, please note that contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.

Client Experiences

During a very difficult employment situation, I was referred to Joe Garrison. Recognizing the volatile and time sensitive nature of my employment situation, Mr. Garrison met with me immediately (on the weekend no less). He listened to the details of my case, was able to think through possible creative solutions to offer the employer, and was responsive to my myriad of questions. He understood my concerns about litigation versus settlement, and he worked to find the best resolution possible. I am grateful to have had his support at a very difficult time. —J.C., New Haven, CT

Ethan Levin-Epstein represented me during a most painful and challenging crisis in my personal and professional life. Seeing me within 24 hours of being referred, his support and advocacy, wisdom and clarity not only resulted in a favorable negotiated outcome for me and for my family, but gave me peace of mind and the courage to recover. I am very grateful to have met Ethan and his team and would refer anyone in need to this haven. — C.L., Guilford, CT

You will never meet a more knowledgeable and compassionate professional than Steve Fitzgerald. My employment situation was very complex, and Attorney Fitzgerald kept me focused while remaining extremely adept and “thinking on his feet.” Should the need present itself again, I would never seek anyone else’s counsel regarding employment issues. I cannot recommend him highly enough. — J.R., New Haven, CT

Nina Pirrotti provided outstanding legal advice and was trustworthy, dependable, and responsive. From the start, I was confident that her knowledge and experience would obtain favorable results. On a more personal note, I enjoyed working with her and her staff and felt I was included in every part of the process. The dedication, concern, and interest in me as a client was greatly appreciated, and Nina has earned my highest recommendation. — J.H., Monroe, CT

I recently found myself in need of a lawyer in handling a dispute with my former employer. I was fortunate to retain Josh Goodbaum as my legal counsel. His legal skills knowledge and professionalism shone through in every step of the process resulting in a very positive result. I highly recommend Josh if you find yourself in need of legal counsel. — S.R., Guilford, CT

When I go to a lawyer for advice, I am usually anxious, particularly the first meeting. Amanda DeMatteis was clear in describing my options and immediately set me at ease. Realistic assessment is important, and Amanda was clear as to how to set up the case and the direction she felt we should go. I had total confidence in her abilities and knew I was being well represented against a large corporation. More importantly, we were successful! —N.M., Haddam, CT

Proven Results & Personalized Attention When You Need It Most

American Law Institute Super Lawyers American College of Trial Lawyers Best Lawyers The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers
Back to Top
(203) 815-1716