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genetic information; (2) acquiring genetic information
except in six narrow circumstances; and (3) disclosing
genetic information except in six narrow circumstances.
The EEOC's guidance indicates that administering the
COVID-19 vaccine or requiring employees to provide
proof of vaccination does not implicate GINA because
it does not involve the use of genetic information to
make employment decisions, or the acquisition or
disclosure of " genetic information " as defined by the
statute.  However, GINA could be triggered if the employee is asked pre-vaccination questions relating to
genetic information (including medical history).

CONCLUSION
Whether an employer chooses to mandate the vaccine
is a complicated decision.  Employers are incentivized
and even legally required to take steps to ensure a safe
workplace.  However, employees could respond negatively to requiring the vaccine, and could miss time
due to negative reactions from the vaccine.  If an employer chooses to mandate the vaccine, it should take
care not to violate the legal requirements of the ADA,
Title VII, and GINA, as well as any applicable state or
If the employer determines there is a direct threat that
cannot be reduced to an acceptable level, the employer can exclude the employee from physically entering
the workplace and may need to consider whether remote work is a possibility.

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATIONS
UNDER TITLE VII
Title VII and many state laws require employers to reasonably accommodate employees' religious beliefs or
practices, unless doing so would cause more than a
minimal burden on the operations of the employer's
business.  Accordingly, employers may be required to
reasonably accommodate employees or applicants
who resist employer-mandated COVID-19 vaccinations
due to a sincerely held religious belief, such as through

local laws.
*A version of this article first appeared in the CPA Now
blog.
Jeremy S. Cole counsels
clients in New Jersey
and Pennsylvania, handling all aspects of employment and complex
commercial

litigation

matters. His practice includes navigating complex business disputes
and resolving employment-related matters, including defending actions and
claims by employees concerning misappropriation of

permitting the resisting employees to work remotely.

trade secrets, restrictive covenants, employment dis-

GINA CONSIDERATIONS

tiates and drafts pre-employment agreements, separa-

GINA, a rarely invoked federal anti-discrimination law,

handbooks and policies. JCole@goldbergsegalla.com

prohibits employers from (1) discriminating based on

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