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Employers should be held liable for medical mandates on employees

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

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Employers should be held liable for medical mandates on employees


In response to numerous companies mandating the newly developed COVID-19 vaccine for employees, Senator Wendy Rogers (R-6) introduced a bill aimed at holding employers liable for any health complications associated with any required medical products or procedures.


SB 1254 would protect employees who suffer any adverse reactions, injury, disability, loss of wages, pain and suffering or medical expenses correlating to the employer mandate. Furthermore, if any injuries arise within 120 days after receiving an employee mandated medical product or procedure, it would be presumed that the product or procedure is the cause.


Plus, the bill would award any employee who prevails in an action related to the injurious result of an employer medical mandate any consequential attorney fees and statutory damage awards equal to three times the actual damages.


In addition, if an employer mandated medical procedure or product leads to the death of an employee, the employer would be liable to the employee's dependent.


"Injecting something into your body is a very personal choice," said Senator Rogers. "We continue to hear personal testimony from people who've received the vaccine and are now experiencing negative effects. These COVID-19 vaccines are so new, nobody really knows what the fallout is going to be on each person's individual health. Employers should be ready to face the consequences of any health problems associated with any forced medical procedures or products required of these hardworking men and women to maintain their employment."


This bill is co-sponsored by Majority Whip Senator Sonny Borrelli (R-5), Senator David Gowan (R-14) and Senator Kelly Townsend (R-16).


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For more information, contact:

Kim Quintero

Director of Communications

Arizona State Senate Republican Caucus

kquintero@azleg.gov

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