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Starbucks drops employee vaccine mandate following Supreme Court ruling

Starbucks announced this week it will drop its vaccine requirement for employees following a Supreme Court ruling blocking President Biden’s vaccine mandate for all employees of companies over 100 workers.

After requiring all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 earlier this month, the coffee giant’s announcement makes it the largest company to drop its vaccine mandate so far since the SCOTUS ruling last week. General Electric also dropped its vaccine mandate last week after the ruling. 

Twitter users immediately responded to the Starbucks announcement, with many expressing disappointment and vowing not to return to Starbucks until the company reinstates its vaccine mandate. In contrast, clothing company Carhartt announced it will keep its employee vaccine mandate, prompting outrage from its customer base.

This week Carhartt announced it will stand by its decision to keep the mandate, saying, “We stand behind our decision because we believe vaccines are necessary to protect our workforce.”

The Supreme Court ruling upheld the vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The vote to block the mandate was 6-3. Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan, dissented.

ARTICLE: LAURA SPIVAK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: KOMO NEWS

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Laura is a freelance writer out of Maryland and a mom of three. Her background is in political science and international relations, and she has been doing political writing and editing for 17 years. Laura has also written parenting pieces for the Today Show and is currently working on writing a collection of remarkable true stories about normal people. She writes for FBA because unbiased news is vital to unity, and readers deserve the facts free of opinion.

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