California Employers can mandate vaccines.
Employers in California may mandate employee COVID-19 vaccines. The CA Dept. of Fair Employment has issued guidance explaining that, based on the Fair Employment Housing act, an employer may require employees to receive an FDA-approved vaccination if certain conditions are met. That is, employers may not discriminate against or harass employees or job applicants on the basis of a protected characteristic, the employer must provide reasonable accommodations for disabilities and for sincerely held religious beliefs or practices. And the employer doesn’t engage in retaliation against anyone for protected activity (such as asking for an accommodation).