Louisiana Supreme Court Has Made a Decision on Required Vaccines
There's been a lot of arguments both for and against a so-called COVID-19 "vaccine requirement" for Louisiana workers. On one hand, folks say that it is their right (and private medical business) whether or not they get the shot. On the other hand, some business owners believe it is their duty to protect their employees and customers from getting the virus at the root of the pandemic.
Late last week, the Louisiana Supreme Court settled the argument (at least for now). According to the report from the National Law Review, when they upheld a private employer’s ability to require a COVID-19 vaccine for their employees. The whole thing hinges on Louisiana's famed employment-at-will doctrine. That means that your boss can fire you for pretty much anything that doesn't violate discrimination laws. A private employer can set whatever conditions they want, and as of Friday's Louisiana Supreme Court ruling - that includes a vaccine mandate.
This particular battle actually started at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport and LSU Health-St. Mary Medical Center back in October of last year when employees challenged administrators policy requiring all employees to get vaccinated. Staff who didn't comply would face disciplinary action up to and including termination. After hearing both sides of the issue, the court's ruled in favor of the hospital system.
According to the report, the Louisiana Supreme Court has dismissed the employees’ claims and noted that their arguments were “unavailing.”