BY JAZZ SHAW
Back in December, we looked at the question of whether or not an employer could investigate your holiday travel plans and impose disciplinary measures, including terminating your employment, if you were violating stay-at-home orders or social distancing restrictions. At that time, vaccines were still not generally available, but I questioned whether or not vaccinations could be made mandatory once they began rolling out. Barely two months later, we have the answer to the second question. A waitress at a New York City eatery has been given her walking papers after she declined to be vaccinated, citing concerns over whether or not the shot might affect her fertility.
A New York City waitress says she was fired from a popular Brooklyn restaurant after choosing not to get the COVID-19 vaccine for fear it might hurt her chances of getting pregnant.
Bonnie Jacobson, 34, told The Post that the management at Red Hook Tavern canned her on Monday because she balked at getting the shot immediately.
“It was shocking to me,” she said Wednesday. “I went through the stages: I’m hurt, I’m in shock — then I got mad.”
Foodservice workers were only added to the list of people eligible for vaccinations in the past two weeks. It looks like the Red Hook Tavern moved immediately to send out a notice to all employees, saying that they would have to sign up for a vaccination immediately. Jacobson wrote back, saying that she was not an anti-vaxxer, but she and her husband were trying to have a baby and she wanted to see more data on any possible impact the vaccines might have on fertility. The next day, at the end of a 13-hour shift, she was fired.