Cooper: Private business vaccine compromise likely in opinion from Tennessee attorney general

AP File Photo / Damian Dovarganes / A Northridge, Calif., pediatrician holds a dose of the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine, the requirement of which — like the COVID-19 vaccine — is a condition of employment at health care facilities in some states.

A private business cannot discriminate against an employee because she is white, according to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Another one cannot discriminate against an employee because he is a male.

State Rep. Robin Smith, R-Hixson, wants to find out where state law comes down on private businesses mandating that their employees be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus.

It's a good question and one that deserves a clear and precise answer from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery.

Smith, who is asking for the legal opinion, said up front that she "can speak firsthand to the effectiveness of the vaccine for our family." But, she said, "I understand the various sides of this argument."

Private businesses have the right to determine many conditions of employment, and the history of this page has long supported them in doing so.