Kristi Noem proposes law to allow employees to sue if they are denied Covid vaccine exemptions

by Summer Lane

Gov. Kristi Noem, R-S.D., is fighting vaccine mandates by proposing a bill in South Dakota that would allow employees to sue their employers in the event that they are denied an exemption from receiving the Covid vaccination. According to a report from Just the News, the new legislation would also require that employers grant exemptions for medical or religious reasons.

Gov. Noem has largely become known as a strong conservative fighter in her home state of South Dakota, and she recently shared her thoughts on the Supreme Court of the United States’ (SCOTUS) ruling to strike down one of Joe Biden’s federal vaccine mandates.

“Our nation was built on freedom,” she stated on Twitter, “on the belief that our rights come from God, not from government. Any infringement on our rights risks breaking the constitutional republic that we hold so dear.” Noem additionally promised in her statement that she would be, “working with the legislature to pass protections for private employees, just like we have already done for state workers.”

Gov. Noem’s full statement on SCOTUS’ decision to strike down the Osha federal mandate

As businesses and corporations around the nation begin to soften their stance on vaccine mandates in light of the recent move by SCOTUS to strike down federal mandates in private businesses, states have begun to hit back against Biden’s medical tyranny.

For example, a Trump-appointed Texas federal judge blocked Biden’s vaccine mandate for federal workers in January, adding to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s previous executive order to ban entities in the state from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers.

Further, Noem’s proposed legislation would exempt the National Guard from taking the shot, according to Just the News’ report.

On Thursday, Gov. Noem additionally released a statement clarifying her position on the Covid vaccine and her legislative proposal: “The COVID vaccination should be a choice, and we should reject the efforts that we are seeing in other parts of the country to divide us into two classes: vaccinated and unvaccinated. Americans are still Americans. We live in a free country – free to make our own decisions. In South Dakota, we will protect the liberty of our people to make the best decisions for themselves and their families.”

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