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Rachel Gebaide Discusses Employer-Mandated Vaccinations with WESH 2 News

August 02, 2021

Shareholder Rachel D. Gebaide, who chairs Lowndes’ Labor & Employment Law Group, talked with WESH 2 News about whether employees can be fired for not agreeing to employer-mandated Covid-19 vaccinations.  

Gebaide explained that employees can potentially lose their jobs if they don’t get vaccinated, but employers need to be aware of the responsibilities that come with a mandatory vaccination policy. These include reasonable accommodations for employees who claim a disability or who have sincerely held religious beliefs that oppose vaccination.

"Employees who have a medical condition that rises to the level of a disability may not be able to be vaccinated and the employer is obligated to have a discussion with the employee,” Gebaide said.

View the segment: Can You Be Fired for Refusing to Get Vaccinated If Mandated by an Employer? 


Rachel D. Gebaide is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee and chair of the Labor and Employment Law Group. She is an experienced employment litigator and adviser, counseling companies in the management of their human resources issues.

Rachel regularly represents employers in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies in defending against claims involving allegations of employment discrimination and violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), and other employment laws. She also defends discrimination claims arising under the Fair Housing Act.  

In addition to her litigation practice, Rachel drafts and reviews employee handbooks, employment agreements, non-competition agreements, separation agreements, and other personnel documents. She regularly advises clients regarding workplace issues and compliance with the FMLA, FLSA, WARN Act, the Affordable Care Act, and other employment laws. Rachel also has extensive experience in conducting independent investigations. 

A frequent speaker, Rachel often writes articles on developing issues in labor and employment law for client-focused publications, legal industry news outlets, and the firm’s employment law blog

Rachel is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the American Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association. She is also a member of the Orange County Bar Association, having served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Committee. Rachel is active in the Litigation and Employment Law Group of Meritas, a global alliance of independent law firms. 

She also serves as Executive Vice President of Congregation Ohev Shalom and Vice President, Legal of TOP Jewish Foundation. 

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