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HB22-1100

Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status

Concerning the prohibition against discrimination based on the refusal to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine.
Session:
2022 Regular Session
Subjects:
Business & Economic Development
Public Health
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee or an applicant for employment based on the employee's or applicant's COVID-19 immunization status. The bill allows an aggrieved employee or applicant for employment to file a civil action for injunctive, affirmative, and equitable relief and, if the employer acted with malice or wanton or willful misconduct or has repeatedly violated the law, the court may also award punitive damages and attorney fees and costs.

Additionally, the bill specifies that the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, that the state cannot require any individual to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine, and that government agencies and private businesses, including health insurers, cannot discriminate against clients, patrons, or customers based on their COVID-19 vaccination status. A person aggrieved by a violation of these prohibitions may file a civil action for injunctive and other appropriate relief and may be awarded punitive damages and attorney fees and costs for wanton, willful, or repeated violations.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. K. Ransom, Rep. S. Sandridge

Sponsor

Rep. R. Hanks, Rep. S. Luck, Rep. K. Van Winkle, Rep. D. Williams

Co-sponsor

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