If you are fired because you refused the flu shot due to pregnancy, religion, or other reasons, you may be entitled to not only collect unemployment, but to also file an EEOC complaint.
The EEOC is the US’s Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. They monitor the goings-on of the world of employment to make sure that folks are not being discriminated against in the workplace. One new area that they are entering into is the area of those who are fired because of their beliefs or disabilities or other problems, due to refusal of the flu vaccine.
If you have been fired, you need to know there is nothing to be ashamed of. Your employer is the one who is wrong; not you. And keep in mind that on Facebook, there are currently over 16,300 of us that are standing with you.
Secondly, do not sign ANYTHING. And I mean, anything. This can help protect you.
Third, go to the EEOC website, and file a complaint immediately. Use facts. Make copies of everything that you have including exemption letters, policies, etc. and turn these in in a timely manner.
Here is the website you can use to file an EEOC complaint: http://www.eeoc.gov/employees/charge.cfm
Again, don’t wait to file this. Often times if you can get an “intent” or “permission to sue” letter, a lawyer may be able to take your case against the hospital pro bono. A great example of this is the case that was filed against a Memphis Tennessee hospital that we have a link to here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_RanmWVtwG8emI1MVgxZm1qVXc/edit?usp=sharing
This is one of the strongest cases that we have seen yet against the forced flu vaccinations. We are excited to see the progress on this case.
And as always, if you have questions, feel free to contact us via our website at http://www.namv.org