REPORT: Hershey Set to Begin Firing Unvaccinated Employees

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According to a report, the Hershey Co is set to begin firing unvaccinated office employees, whom they are asking to sign a confidentiality and release agreement which would block them from the ability to sue or discuss the situation with the legendary candy company.

The Epoch Times reported that despite the “special separation payment” that would ensure two months’ pay upon the employee’s departure, many are refusing to sign.

The outlet notes that while the atmosphere at the 128-year-old candy company previously made for a great work environment, once employees were faced with its vaccine requirements, things got very unpleasant.

“I really thought I’d be OK,” says Kim Durham, a former payment analyst and sourcing buyer. “I thought, you cannot question my faith. Nobody can question that.”

Instead, she was expected to justify her faith-based objection to the COVID-19 vaccine and her request for a religious exemption was ultimately denied.

“I thought this was behind me until September, when I met with an HR representative. It was an interrogation on your religious beliefs. They twisted your words and tried to put words in your mouth. It was terrible.

“I was asked such personal questions that had nothing to do with religion,” she said.

Other employees that The Epoch Times spoke with, who did not want to provide their names as they were still in the process of withdrawing from the company, said they were subject to intrusive personal questions about their vaccination status, their children’s vaccination status, and their use of other medications that contain the same ingredients as the COVID-19 vaccine.

One new parent who was in the process of adding their baby to their health insurance was even asked why the child had been vaccinated if the parent was refusing the COVID-19 vaccine.

“What does that have to do with me keeping a job? From the time we started this ordeal, we have had seven meetings about my vaccination status,” they said. “It was like harassment. I felt like I wanted to crawl under a rock when I was done.”

Meanwhile, employees in the company’s retail outlets and production facilities are encouraged, but not required, to get the vaccine.

“We are losing our jobs over this vaccine policy,” one former employee said. “It’s just wrong that a company can terminate you, and you lose your livelihood. This should not be forced.”

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