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Bill Detail: HB21-1191

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Title Prohibit Discrimination COVID-19 Vaccine Status
Status House Committee on Health & Insurance Postpone Indefinitely (05/12/2021)
Bill Subjects
  • Health Care & Health Insurance
  • Insurance
  • Labor & Employment
House Sponsors K. Ransom (R)
T. Van Beber (R)
Senate Sponsors
House Committee Health and Insurance
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 03/04/2021
Summary

The bill prohibits an employer, including a licensed health facility,
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 or health facility 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.

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