Kristi Noem Proposes Bill to Allow Employees in SD to Sue if Denied Exemption From COVID Vaccination – Opinion

As Joe Biden’s draconian edicts related to the no-longer-pandemicSouth Dakota Gov., continue to stoke the flames of his COVID-related policies. Kristi Noem proposes legislation that allows employees to sue employers that deny them COVID-19 vaccine exemptions.

As reported by Just the News, Noem’s bill, unveiled on Thursday, would require employers to grant exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Noem’s bill would also — and this is big — require employers to recognize natural immunity as an exemption. CNN, Anthony Fauci and Joe Biden are the hardest-hit.

Employees would have to prove that they had a positive test for serum antibodies from a licensed laboratory within 180 days after requesting an exemption under the new legislation. The bill states that the employer can request another test to renew exemption. Noem stated in a statement that:

COVID vaccine should not be mandatory. We must make a choice and reject attempts in other areas of the country that divide us into two camps: those who are vaccinated as well as those who haven’t. Americans that aren’t vaccinated still belong to the United States.

Employees who are “injured by a violation of this Act may apply for injunctive and declaratory relief, without bond,” noted Just the News, “to restrain their employer from violating this Act,” according to the bill.

Ironically, South Dakota’s vaccine mandate protesters filed a lawsuit against Noem in November 2021 after Noem denied them permission to march on Capitol grounds during the special legislative session.

Blue State Refugees is the group that protesters claimed to be representing. They said they plan to organize a demonstration and push for the legislature’s consideration of a bill which would prohibit businesses from making vaccines a requirement of employment. The Institute for Free Speech, a conservative interest group that is representing the plaintiffs in their lawsuit, called that decision a “deprivation of speech and petition rights.”

In addition, noted Just the News, Noem signed an executive order in October 2021 exempting state employees from Biden’s (unconstitutional) vaccination mandate for employers with more than 100 employees.

The destruction of Biden’s heavy-handed COVID-19 policies continues.

Early January saw the U.S. Supreme Court reject the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA), rule which would have mandated that workers in private businesses with at least 100 employees get the COVID vaccination.

Joe Biden wasn’t available to comment.

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