SC Looking to Make It Illegal to Ask About Vaccination Status

SC Looking to Make It Illegal to Ask About Vaccination Status

( – On Thursday, January 13, the US Supreme Court ruled the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) overstepped its boundaries. Justices said without the weight of law from Congress, the Biden administration didn’t have the authority to initiate a vaccine mandate. In other cases, courts are overturning the vaccine mandates for federal workers and contractors.

While the courts do their thing, several states are taking matters into their own hands. South Carolina Republicans are the most recent ones to take action. They introduced legislation to make it illegal for employers to ask about an employee’s COVID-19 vaccination status. Lawmakers say the data is private medical information, and unvaccinated citizens are being discriminated against and losing their jobs unfairly.

Lawmakers say an employer can’t legally ask if someone is pregnant, has a sexually transmitted disease, or has HIV. They wondered why COVID is any different? GOP legislators say they didn’t seek the fight, and the federal government is to blame for it.

If the measure passes and an employer asks about vaccination status, they could face a $14,000 fine and up to one year in prison. The GOP says it wants constituents to know they understand their frustration and want to move forward with the bill.

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