The Hershey Company has begun firing salaried employees who refused to comply with the company’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate or accommodation.
“We believe that the best way to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our various business partners is to ensure that our salaried employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. This is to reduce the spread of the virus and the potential for serious disease or death,” Hershey’s spokesperson told ABC27.
You can read the full statement here and below:
Hershey is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our employees and our customers. We believe that the best way to protect the health and safety of our employees, their families and our various business partners is to ensure that our salaried employees are vaccinated against COVID-19. This is to reduce the spread of the virus and the potential for serious disease or death.
In August, we announced a safety requirement that corporate office employees would be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The effective date of the policy was October 4, 2021. To support this, the company sponsored multiple vaccination clinics and allowed employees to seek accommodations for religious or medical reasons. The company has engaged in an interactive process with our employees to evaluate when an accommodation with regard to vaccination status is needed or warranted.
A small number of individuals who did not get vaccinated were separated from the company.
According to an exclusive report from Epoch Times, employees were asked to sign nine-page confidentiality and release agreement that would prohibit them from suing the company or talk about their experience.
“The separation agreement Hershey gave employees prohibits those who sign it from disclosing the existence, terms, and conditions of the agreement, including the details of their separation from employment. The agreement contains a broad non-disparagement clause and it also releases Hershey from liability for all legally waivable claims,” Epoch Times reported.