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Christopher P. Maugans Tackles Employers’ Reluctance to Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines in The Buffalo News

September 7, 2021
Christopher P. Maugans

In an interview with The Buffalo News, Goldberg Segalla’s Christopher P. Maugans, a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor group, discusses the reasons employers aren’t rushing to require workers to get COVID-19 vaccines. He also talks about employers’ reluctance, even after the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission backed employers’ right to implement vaccine requirements.

“I think employers are worried about getting in the middle of this because they don’t want the perception that they’re interfering with employees’ lives, or that they’re asking them to do something that the employee really doesn’t want to do,” Chris said.

He also noted that the FDA’s full approval of the Pfizer vaccine might prompt more employers to implement mandates.

“There was a theory that a lot of people out there were citing that the reason they didn’t want to get vaccinated was because it had the emergency-use only,” he said. “So the question is, was that actually some people’s reason? And if it was, that reason’s no longer there, so perhaps people will feel more comfortable with that.”


Why Employers Aren’t Rushing to Require Workers to Get COVID-19 Vaccines,” The Buffalo News, September 6, 2021


Christopher P. Maugans concentrates his practice in complex commercial litigation and matters involving employment and labor law. With a focus on serving both public- and private-sector clients, Chris handles matters involving discrimination claims, improper-practice charges, employee grievance arbitrations, General Municipal Law 207-c proceedings, and New York Education Law 3020-a hearings, as well as proceedings under Article 75 and Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (CPLR).