As employers anticipate returning to work in light of increased availability of vaccines, some have considered requiring employees to get a COVID-19 vaccination to return to the workplace. On March 4, 2021, California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) updated its DFEH Employment Information on COVID-19 to address whether employers may mandate vaccines under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). The FEHA prohibits discrimination against employees based on protected characteristics, including disability and religious beliefs.

Under the recent update, the DFEH states that employers may require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination against COVID-19 as long as the employer 1) provides reasonable accommodation related to disability or sincerely held religious beliefs, and 2) does not retaliate against employees for requesting such an accommodation.


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Transgender and gender non-conforming employees now have added protections in California workplaces. On October 15, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown of California signed an amendment to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) requiring certain California employers to provide additional sexual harassment prevention training. The original law, Government Code 12950.1, requires employers with at least 50