Clothing giant Carhartt has confirmed it will retain its employee’s immunization program regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision.
An internal email sent by the company’s CEO, Mark Valade, was widely circulated on social media and stated there will be no changes to the policy that went into force on January 4.
This is in spite of, the federal vaccine mandate for companies with 100 or more employees being overturned by the United States Supreme Court on Thursday, January 13. The healthcare mandate is still in effect.
Private companies can still legally enact vaccines or other COVID-19 policies.
Carhartt confirmed to MLive the vaccine policy would be adopted across the board, including corporate, retail, production, and distribution. Carhartt, based in Dearborn, Michigan, employs 2,700 people across the country.
Carhartt employs 600 people in the corporate and retail sectors in Dearborn, Michigan.
According to the website, the company began in 1889 “with two sewing machines and a half-horsepower electric motor in a small Detroit loft.”
In response to the policy, Twitter users have begun a hashtag calling for a boycott of Dearborn-based Carhartt. The corporation responded by issuing the following statement.
“As part of our long-standing commitment to workplace safety, Carhartt decided to impose its own vaccine mandate.
“Our most recent message to staff emphasized that the Supreme Court verdict has no bearing on the mandate we enacted.
“Carhartt acknowledges and respects the many points of view on this subject, and we are aware that some of our associates do not support this approach.
“We stand by our choice, though, since we feel immunizations are vital to protect our personnel.”