- Right-wing youth organizer Charlie Kirk threatened to fire any employee of his organization, Turning Point USA, who asks about COVID-19 safety precautions in the workplace.
- According to labor law experts, the threat was obviously illegal, “Employer retaliation is, unfortunately, a very serious problem,” Goldstein-Gelb said.
- “Threatening workers who ask questions about how to protect themselves and their families is demeaning, dangerous and dumb,” the labor rights expert added.
“Over the weekend, youth right-wing organizer Charlie Kirk threatened to fire any employee of his organization, Turning Point USA, who asks about COVID-19 safety precautions in the workplace. According to labor law experts, that was clearly illegal.
After speaking with an expert in the field of United States labor law, one thing has become increasingly clear: Kirk’s most recent attempt to be a right-wing provocateur might come back to present a series of legal challenges for the frequent Fox News guest.
At a gathering on Sunday evening at the Godspeak Calvary Chapel in Newbury Park, California, Kirk responded to a an audience question about COVID vaccinations by saying that if one of his employees were to ask about vaccine mandates, they would be fired.
“And somebody asked me the other day: ‘So Charlie, are you going to require the vaccine at Turning Point USA?’ He’s like a reporter,” he stated at the event, clearly not joking. “I said, look, you don’t work for me, but if you did, you would be fired for asking such a ridiculous question!”
Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, co-executive director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, told Salon that Kirk’s threat to fire employees simply for asking about COVID safety issues was not only “illegal” but also “dangerous…”
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